Climate change is here, and everyone is working to develop and expand the use of alternative, renewable energy. From February 27th to March 1st, the 16th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo was held in Tokyo Big Sight, attracting businesses from around the world to discuss and showcase their newest hydrogen fuel-based technologies.
Fujiseiki was there as well, displaying the most recent results of our original equipment system HAWS, or High-quality Automated Welding System. HAWS is an automated deep-penetration welding machine intended for use on hydrogen fuel piping. Hydrogen fuel stations and transportation currently have complicated piping systems that are encumbered by many expensive joints and occasional leaks. Due to the high cost, not many companies are willing to invest in building more hydrogen fuel stations. Fujiseiki is aiming to help reduce this cost with HAWS–pipes can be seamlessly and precisely welded together, thereby getting rid of the need for many of the joints and lowering the risk of leaks.
In addition to having a booth, some members of Fujiseiki also attended a seminar and a business matching event with a delegation from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the leading areas of hydrogen and fuel cell development in Germany. The seminar focused on sharing current and future goals of both North Rhine-Westphalia and Japan, specifically Fukushima and Yamanashi.
With so many companies working toward the same goal, we hope to see more hydrogen-powered vehicles and utilities in the near future.