Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster have given the leaders of that country a lot to think about in regard to the safe use of energy going forward.
And because of the desire to use safe, renewable green energy and to use it in cars, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is asking to have money in their upcoming budget to build 100 hydrogen fueling stations by the year 2015.
According to Mainichi, “Since the government is trying to reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear power following the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, it is feared that carbon dioxide emissions will sharply increase as renewable energy is highly unlikely to make up for the loss of atomic power.
“In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, METI hopes to promote the quick adoption of fuel-cell cars …
“… METI intends to ensure that about 100 hydrogen filling stations will be built in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Kansai, Chubu and Kyushu by 2015 – when fuel-cell vehicles become commercially available.”
METI is asking for around $38 million USD for the project and they will be working with several research entities to come up with a cheap supply of hydrogen for the fueling stations.