Carbon-free hydrogen trial underway

Carbon-free hydrogen trial underway

A group of Japanese businesses and officials has launched a trial project to produce hydrogen using wind power. They aim to establish a system that creates a clean energy source without emitting carbon dioxide.

The project has been set up at a wind-power plant in the city of Yokohama near Tokyo. Participants include the Kanagawa prefectural government and Toyota Motor.

A large part of the hydrogen currently used to power vehicles is produced from natural gas. Carbon dioxide is emitted in the process.

But the experimental project is designed to derive hydrogen from water using a carbon-free process.

The gas will be used to power fuel-cell forklifts in the trial.

The team aims to explore ways to reduce the cost of producing hydrogen.