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Energy conference sets goals for hydrogen

Delegates to an international energy conference in Tokyo have agreed on targets to promote the spread of eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cells.

The goal is to increase the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells to 10-million systems over the next 10 years. These include road vehicles – as well as aircraft, trains and ships.

Ministers and representatives from over 30 countries and groups discussed the potential of batteries at the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting.

They agreed to cooperate on developing technologies and standards to promote hydrogen-powered systems. They also agreed to work on increasing the global number of hydrogen refueling stations to 10,000 over the next decade.

Estimates show around 30,000 cars and trucks currently run on hydrogen cells – and about 200 hydrogen refueling stations operate worldwide.

Japanese Industry Minister Isshu Sugawara said: "Building demand and cutting supply costs are the keys to creating a 'hydrogen society' – where gas is a major energy source."

Sugawara said it is vital for countries to see a shared goal in developing hydrogen fuel cells.

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