2020 Tokyo Olympics showcasing hydrogen’s potential to the world

July 27, 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which started on July 23, is showcasing on a global scale how hydrogen can power highly intensive venues in addition to a wide range of applications.

To kickstart the Olympics, it was announced in March that more than 10,000 torchbearers, hand-selected from over half a million applications, will get to carry the torch in selected legs of a 121-day relay, which begun in Naraha, Fukushima on March 25.

Japan did not stop here with hydrogen however, in fact Panasonic developed the Harumi Flag, a hydrogen-powered city complex that is designated. To serve as the Olympic athlete village.

This remarkable 18-hectares site comprises of 5,632 privately-owned/rental flats in 234 different buildings within the complex.

Hydrogen is providing heat, hot water and light to the Olympic village facilities for all 11,000 of its athletes ensuring that not only are the sportspersons well acquainted in the village but are powered by zero-emission technology.

This has been provided by the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) that has the ability to produce as much as 1,200Nm3 of hydrogen per hour using renewable energy.

In addition to this, hydrogen mobility is also on show at the Tokyo Olympics with Toyota providing around 3,700 mobility and/or vehicles.

Part of this fleet is 100 Sora hydrogen fuel cell buses that will shuttle both spectators and athletes around the games.

As well as this, Toyota is additionally supplying 500 of its hydrogen-powered Mirai vehicles which uses a Toyota fuel cell system, featuring both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, as well as Toyota’s proprietary fuel cell stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

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