Three major companies- Honda Motor, Tokuyama Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corporation are teaming up for a joint demonstration in operating a Japanese data centre using by-product hydrogen and a stationary fuel cell power station.
This initiative, set in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has been proposed and greenlit by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) under the ‘Development of Technologies for Realising a Hydrogen Society / Development of Technologies for Regional Hydrogen Utilisation.’
The project will employ hydrogen by-products generated from Tokuyama’s salt water electrolysis operations. This hydrogen will power a distributed data centre operated by Mitsubishi using a stationary fuel cell power station developed by Honda, leveraging fuel cells from fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
The collective goal of these companies is to alleviate the financial burden on customers installing and running stationary fuel cell systems. This effort will contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of electric power.
By harnessing by-product hydrogen and fuel cells to energise distributed data centres, the trio aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of data centres while facilitating the digital transformation of local municipalities and businesses.
Moving forward, the project members will delve into the practicality of setting up and expanding data centres powered by clean energy in the region. They also plan to explore potential business opportunities, both domestically in Japan and internationally.