Toshiba Corp. began demonstrating an energy-supply system that uses solar power and hydrogen as fuel for power generation.
Toshiba has set up a system that includes solar panels and fuel cells at a facility in Kawasaki City in Kanagawa prefecture, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement Monday.
Solar power is used to electrolyze water and produce hydrogen, which will be stored in tanks and used in fuel cells to produce electricity and hot water, according to the statement.
In times of disaster, the system will use stored hydrogen to provide about 300 evacuees at the facility with electricity and hot water for about a week, according to the statement.
The project will run through March 2021, Toshiba said.