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Japan's first commercial hydrogen power plant to open near Mount Fuji

Independent utility eRex plans to generate electricity for around 100 households

Hydrogen is expected to be the next-generation power source globally. The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain coal-to-hydrogen plant in Australia, pictured here in March.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Independent power supplier eRex will build Japan's first commercial hydrogen power plant next year to initially supply zero-emission electricity to around 100 households, Nikkei has learned.

The eRex hydrogen plant that will be built in the Yamanashi Prefecture town of Fujiyoshida in the shadow of Mount Fuji will produce about 360 kilowatts of electricity. The Tokyo-based company has already applied for a power transmission and distribution connection to Tepco Power Grid, the transmission unit of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings.

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