Japanese petrochemical company Eneos Corporation and automaker Toyota Motor Corporation are partnering up to explore the utilisation and application of hydrogen energy at Woven City, the prototype city of the future that Toyota has started to develop in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Eneos, which operates 45 commercial hydrogen refueling stations in four major metropolitan areas in Japan; Toyota, which introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014; and Woven Planet Holdings (Woven Planet), a subsidiary of Toyota and leading the Woven City project, intend to conduct testing and demonstration in areas related to a hydrogen-based supply chain, from production, delivery to usage of hydrogen, in and around Woven City. Through this effort, they aim to help achieve a carbon-neutral society by 2050.
Eneos is also developing technologies that facilitate hydrogen production and building an entire supply chain based on CO2- free hydrogen.
Along the same vein, Toyota has invested in hydrogen and fuel cell technology and its popularisation through efforts to apply the technology in various mobility including passenger cars, commercial vehicles, industrial vehicles (e.g. forklifts), trains, and ships, as well as stationary generators.