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Gas to feature in Japan’s decentralised energy future

Japan’s plans to develop smart cities will see gas find a future in small-scale CHP, as a back-up fuel and as a means to produce hydrogen Japan’s plans to develop smart cities will see gas find a future in small-scale CHP, as a back-up fuel and as a means to produce hydrogen.
By Andrew Walker 22 March 2018 0 30129
The Komekurayama solar power plant. (Tepco) The Komekurayama solar power plant. (Tepco)

Japan’s long-term energy strategy will direct investment towards a large number of small-scale power generators – including renewables projects, hydrogen fuel cell developments and gas-fired plants – instead of a handful of large power stations, according to a report published by Urban and Regional Innovation Research on Saturday. This will see gas continue to play a central role in Japan’s future energy mix.

The report by Andrew DeWit, economics professor at Rikkyo University, forecasts that Japan will create a more-decentralised power generation system...