The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games intends to include the use of hydrogen in a basic plan for the international sporting event. According to a report published by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, fuel cell vehicles that run on hydrogen will be introduced to connect the Olympic Village with each venue for athletes.
Moreover, the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering the adoption of fuel cell-powered buses for the BRT system and other public transportation modes to cover the route between Tokyo Station and Tokyo Bay areas. Authorities also plan to use fuel cells as an energy source for the Olympic Village.
The basic plan will be compiled by the organizing committee by February next year as a foundation for the event’s preparatory work and submitted later to the International Olympic Committee, says the newspaper’s article.
Another project being carried out by the central government involves the development of a fuel-cell powered boat on hydrogen, following the technology applied by Toyota on vehicles.
The plan to boost a ‘hydrogen energy-oriented society’ is part of the economic strategy supported by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.