Jacqueline Echevarria

Japan is to trial a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by renewable energy.

Under the pilot project, wind power will be used to turn water into oxygen and hydrogen which will be stored for local use.

The trials, which will include both private and public companies, will take place near the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki in the Keihin coastal region.

Iwatani, Toshiba and Toyota are some of the firms participating in the project, which is also supported by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Hydrogen can be created using renewable energy sources, stored, transported and used at a later point with minimal environmental damages, Toyota stated.

The project is expected to start in 2016 and run for four years.