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Toshiba’s H2One to support disaster recovery in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Will keep radio broadcasting after a disaster

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation announced that it has received an order from Miyagi prefectural government for an H2One, the company’s autonomous hydrogen energy supply system. The system will be installed at Rakuten Kobo Stadium in Sendai, Miyagi’s capital and the Tohoku region’s largest city, and start operation in March 2018.

Rakuten Kobo Stadium is a 23,000-seat stadium and home field of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pro-baseball team. In times of emergency, it is also a designated evacuation center, with a regional radio station that will broadcast essential information for disaster recovery. In the event of loss of power, the H2One will provide uninterrupted, off-grid energy supply: hydrogen stored in the unit’s storage tanks will be fed to a fuel cell and generate electricity to keep the radio station in operation. In normal, day-to-day operation, H2One will generate electricity to power the stadium’s electronic display.

The H2One for Miyagi integrates a hydrogen tank fabricated with a very high-density storage alloy. The tank also allows all necessary equipment to be stored in one container, shortening the construction period by two third.

“We are delighted to contribute to Miyagi prefecture’s use of hydrogen energy,” said Mr. Hiroyuki Ota, General Manager of Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation. “In addition to extending lifelines during emergencies, H2One also has an important role to play in the transition to low-carbon society, as it can be used to deliver power to stand-alone building, such as high-rise apartments and stores.”

Toshiba has already delivered H2One systems to handle various applications, supporting progress toward a hydrogen economy.

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