In Japan, 96% of our energy comes from foreign resources. Currently, 60% of food is imported from overseas. We are not looking 100 years, or even 50 years into the future. The can be likened to dancing on the top, VIP floor of the Titanic. Let’s make Japan, a country, a country whose land size equals the northern and southern regions of California, a leader in creating the earths’ future. The key is renewable hydrogen and the grid. We believe the focusing on developing each citizen’s awareness and willpower, as opposed developing the technology sector, is the best way forward.

Tomoyo NonakaRepresentative, NPO Gaia Initiative

Australia has a wealth of sunlight, and many cities far from the grid. As a result of considering the energy demands of our country, we reached the conclusion that hydrogen was a great solution. The attraction of hydrogen is that it can store large amounts of solar energy, or other renewable energy types. We decided to show hydrogen’s desirability to the world with a large scale building which includes a hydrogen storage system. That’s is the project we are conducting here at the Sir Samuel Griffith Center at Griffith University. The biggest problem with hydrogen technology is to make the plan a reality. It is project is one concrete step on the journey to get there.

Prof. Ned Pankhurst Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) & Provost Gold Coast, Griffith University

Hydrogen energy is perceived by many people as something for some distant future, and has been “something for the future” for many decades. The problem with new technology becomes particularly clear when you talk about technology on a global scale; it’s not just a matter of technology, but more a matter of politics and economics. So you need someone to be champion and influential who says, “This will happen,” and therefore it does happen.

In the case of hydrogen energy, it really needs someone, some country, some state, to decide that they are going to do this. Things happen as much because they say that they are going to happen and because they want them to happen. It’s seldom technological barriers that stop them. Most of the technological barriers to the hydrogen economy are really not technological barriers at all. The lesson of humanity is that when you have a technological barrier, you aim clever people at the barrier, and then you knock the barrier down!

Evan Gray Professor, Griffith University

I strongly support the promotion of the world’s renewable hydrogen (RH₂) economy. The world based on oil and nuclear power, created by human ego and greed, has come to an end. The current energy system threatens the health and natural richness of life on earth, causing countless conflicts. Under such circumstances, RH₂ is clear hope for the future.

Bruno PolletProfessor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

In order to simultaneously and safely solve the problems of diminishing fossil fuel resources and global warming, we focus on geothermal, a form of renewable energy, and hydrogen produced from solar energy, or RH₂. The solar energy has the potential to provide 10,000 times the total energy currently being used by human. That is, even with a conversion efficiency of 0.01%, all our energy needs can be meet. Clearly, we can create RH₂ systems with a conversion efficiency of 0.01% using renewable energy, at a small scale or a large scale, around the world. Making full use of science and engineering, a 0.01% of the overall conversion efficiency is considered a very small value. So to solve the problems we are facing, it is important to try, as opposed to simply listing the reasons we cannot do it.

Kimitaka Yamane (Doctor of Engineering)Associate Professor, Hydrogen Energy Research Center, Tokyo City University

Japan is surrounded by water in all directions. We proposed a system that generates power continuously for 24-hours via a wave power generation system with a simple structure, high energy density, and no environmental impact. The concept is to generate electricity by wave power in the sea, electrolyze seawater with this electricity, and produce RH₂ to generate a clean energy source for all of Japan. The efficiency of water electrolysis itself is over 80%, the efficiency of wave power generation is also expected to be 60%, and it is estimated that the overall efficiency is 48%. A small buoy, about 3 m in diameter floats on the ocean, sinks a weight to the sea floor, and uses a power generation system that combines ropes, pulleys and a suspension weight. This can supply electricity to power dozens of households. It is a very simple and inexpensive system. I want to make energy around the world available with RH₂, and without nuclear power! In the case of general wave power generation, problems including environmental destruction, as well as impact on landscape and fishing rights are expected. With this system, it is only a buoy about 3 m in diameter, and the placement of a tetrapod on the seabed which evolves naturally into a reef. This concept avoids impacts on landscape and destruction of nature, creates RH₂ on the beach, which can then be utilized for fishing boat fuel, securing power for fishing villages, while simultaneously providing jobs at plants near the coast. As a micro-grid, I believe this is a welcome solution.

Mitsuteru KimuraVisiting Professor (Doctor of Engineering), Tohoku Gakuin University

The future of Japan was forever transformed by the Great East Japan Earthquake. As with the period after World War II, Japan has again been given the opportunity to be reborn. Now, each citizen must ask themselves, “Will you follow the path that has already been travelled?”, “Or will Japan take this opportunity to walk the path of sustainable resources and lead the world?” The sea is rich in hydrogen, which has the greatest potential for Japan. RH₂ holds the key to future social systems. The RH₂ economy will be the best system for humanity to live in the near future.

Patrick TakahashiProfessor Emeritus, Natural Energy Research Institute, University of Hawaii

My mission is to shift energy from fossil fuels. Why? We are putting too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is causing a variety of problems. I’m very interested in different power generation methods, and mobility. Hydrogen is the ideal fuel. We can make hydrogen from everything, and only need oxygen to use it. What is the byproduct when generating electricity? Simple, the answer is H₂O! It’s water! How gentle. There is no problem if a little water (H₂O) comes out of the exhaust pipe of the fuel cell car! I am a big fan of hydrogen. I hope to be part of a hydrogen society. I want drive a fuel cell car, research various ways to make hydrogen, and take a step towards a comprehensive solution.

Henk RogersPrincipal, Blue Planet Foundation | Hold Distribution Rights for Tetris

RH₂ is the ultimate eco-energy. When excess electricity is generated via renewable energy, it can be used to electrolyze water into hydrogen and stored tanks, which can be used anytime. You only need water. Isn’t that amazing? This hydrogen is the foundation of creating super clear energy. Electricity and fuel can be produced from hydrogen in water. We’re at the point where each building can have one of these systems, making nuclear power unnecessary. This solution crushes all barriers to the proliferation of renewable energy. Now everyone has the opportunity to change the world. The future is now!

Hiroyuki NakanoScript Writer

Peace boat runs trips around the globe three times a year. We also want to run the ship using hydrogen in the near future. Put that way, it sounds like a dream. But in Iceland, for example, hydrogen buses and fuel cell ships are already running. Sweden has a device in the city for fuel cell vehicles to supply energy. I seriously believe the path to exiting fossil fuel society is in front of our eyes.

Ai OnoderaJoint Representative, Peace Boat‘s ’Kodomo no Ie‘ (Children’s House) 共同代表

It’s time for a world shift! Currently, energy shifts, social shifts, and lifestyle shifts are taking place. The universal key is RH₂. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. Substances are removed from water, and returned to the water. RH₂ society through natural energy + hydrogen + off- or micro-grid solutions is the new form of society. It promotes a transformation of values (i.e., paradigm shift), and I am convinced it will prepare civilization for the next era.

Tetra TanizakiSecretariat, WorldShift Network Japan

The 3.11 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident shocked the world. The antinuclear movement  which has flourished in social media will no longer be stopped by anyone. While research on renewable natural energy is in full swing, the focus on RH₂ should also increase. We hope that Japan-based RH₂ technology will spread across the world, and accelerate the movement away from nuclear power, while simultaneously preventing global warming.

Nobuyuki Kume Chairman of Kume Textile Industry Co., Ltd. / Director of Sumida Ward Tourism Association