Toward the realization of a carbon-free society, Toyota Motor Corporation has decided to start an initiative to use hydrogen produced in Kyushu by utilizing geothermal power generation at local factories.

This was announced by Toyota Motor Corporation and Obayashi Corporation, a major general contractor who built a hydrogen production plant in Kokonoe Town, Oita Prefecture.

Hydrogen is an energy that does not emit carbon dioxide when burned, but the problem is that carbon dioxide is emitted during the manufacturing process.

At a plant in Oita prefecture, water is decomposed using electricity generated by geothermal heat, so hydrogen can be produced without producing carbon dioxide.

Toyota will receive this hydrogen supply and use it as fuel for forklifts powered by fuel cells at a vehicle factory in Fukuoka Prefecture, as well as as fuel for "hydrogen engine vehicles" at races held in Oita Prefecture from the 31st. I am.

Toyota is focusing on the spread of hydrogen as next-generation energy, such as marketing FCV = fuel cell vehicle that uses hydrogen to generate electricity and runs on a motor, and both companies are going through a series of processes from hydrogen production to utilization. I'm going to verify.

At the press conference, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda said, "I want to increase the number of friends for the realization of a hydrogen-based society. I want to expand my options to find a way to decarbonize Japan's own."