Toray Industries, Inc.
Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2022 – Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it will collaborate with Marubeni Corporation, Yamanashi Hydrogen Company, Inc., and Siemens Energy K.K. in a study in Glasgow, Scotland, to demonstrate the feasibility of deploying power-to-gas (P2G) systems to decarbonize energy supplies in cities with cold climates. P2G technology uses electricity from solar and other renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen through electrolysis.
These four companies proposed this initiative in the second public solicitation round of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization for the fiscal 2022 International Demonstration Project for Japanese Technologies Contributing to Efficient Energy Consumption. That organization adopted their proposal on October 27, 2022.
The study will explore the feasibility of Marubeni’s plan to undertake a green hydrogen project in Scotland with the local government. That effort would tap the region’s abundant renewable energy sources and employ a polymer-electrolyte membrane electrolyzer manufactured by Siemens Energy incorporating a Toray proprietary hydrocarbon polymer electrolyte membrane. Yamanashi Hydrogen Company will draw on its prowess in P2G systems technology to conduct the feasibility study.
These four companies will mull installing and running a new energy supply and demand system using green hydrogen to meet cold urban area heating needs. They will also assess using green hydrogen to fuel heating equipment for large facilities and industrial boilers.
Toray is leveraging its top-notch materials to help the world economy become sustainable by balancing greenhouse gas emissions and absorption. The company hopes to contribute to Scotland’s decarbonization through this study. It will also explore ways for Japan to tap the European market’s advanced renewable energy expertise, playing its part in building a value chain that encompasses producing and using green hydrogen in Japan and the United Kingdom as part of efforts to create a hydrogen economy.