Tokyo Set to Host 6th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo

Jan 12, 2010

From March 3rd to the 5th, 2010, Tokyo Big Sight convention center will host the 6th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo (FC EXPO), as well as a photovoltaic (PV EXPO) and battery (Battery Japan) conference.  The fuel cell expo has become one of the largest in the world and is expected to draw around 480 exhibiting companies, including Nippon Oil Corporation, Tokyo Gas, and Idemitsu Kosan.   There will also be a new Processing Technology Expo held concurrently as well.

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This conference is a great venue to see the latest advancements and products from fuel cell developers, component suppliers and fuel providers.  Admission into the exhibition hall is free, and you are able to enter the other expos mentioned above with your badge.  There is also a technical program which will include speakers from leading Japanese and world companies, as well as our boss, Bob Rose.

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Japan has been an aggressive player in the fuel cell game for quite some time now.  The Japanese government sees fuel cell systems as an integral tool to reduce emissions to 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 and has had several programs to subsidize and facilitate the installation of units into homes.  Thousands of 1-kW fuel cells were installed to collect vital data and customer input, to address technical problems, reduce cost and improve durability which will accelerate the commercialization of fuel cells.

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Several major utilities and oil and gas companies, including Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Nippon Oil Corporation, Toho Gas, Saibu Gas Co., and Astomos Energy (a joint venture between Idemitsu Kosan and Mitsubishi), joined to sell a proton exchange membrane (PEM) residential fuel cell system, the ENEFARM.  In the first few months offering the ENEFARM, sales have exceeded expectations, so many of the utilities are increasing the target number and producing more units.

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Some Japanese companies are going a different route.  Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is joining with Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd. to provide 30 residential, solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) cogeneration systems developed jointly by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Kyocera Corporation, TMC and Aisin to five Japanese gas companies, as part of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization's (NEDO's) Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Verification Project for 2009.  Osaka Gas will receive the most, 23 fuel cell systems; Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. will receive four systems; Toho Gas Co., Ltd. and Saibu Gas Co. Ltd. will each receive one and Hokkaido Gas Co., Ltd. has already received theirs.

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Honda and Toyota have both recently reinforced their commitment to fuel cell vehicle commercialization and will be placing more vehicles on the road in both the U.S. and Japan in the next few years.

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With all this recent activity, the FC EXPO should be a very exciting event!  If you are a U.S. company and are interested in either exhibiting or participating in a U.S. pavilion, please contact Brynne at brynne@fuelcells.org.


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