Lancaster, CA, Announces Partnership with Global Hydrogen Leader, Choshu Industries

LANCASTER, Calif., May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The City of Lancaster, California, announced today its partnership with Choshu Industries Corp. of America (CICA), a Yamaguchi, Japan-based global leader in R&D, solar energy power stations, environmental equipment, semiconductors and hydrogen technology and power solutions. The partnership will initially seek to integrate Choshu’s "SHiPS," a containerized hydrogen production and refueling station system, and "MizTomo," a stationary fuel cell power system, into the City’s Green Energy Microgrid (GEM) system.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and CICA CEO Sean Chigusa announce the partnership.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and CICA CEO Sean Chigusa announce the partnership.

"Since the City of Lancaster announced its goal to become the first Hydrogen City in the United States, we have made steady progress and today marks the next phase of our vision," said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. "We are excited to partner with Choshu Industries on our GEM system, which will add a hydrogen backbone to the system’s solar and battery capabilities, all driven by Choshu’s advanced artificial intelligence."

The "SHiPS" and "MizTomo" systems deployment represent the first projects of Lancaster’s partnership with Choshu. These systems can be scaled to extend the City’s hydrogen capacity to other sectors. Choshu and Lancaster will explore additional opportunities to supply hydrogen to commercial users and to support the city’s fleet goal. "Lancaster has committed to having the first all-hydrogen municipal fleet in the United States. We plan to replace Lancaster’s current fleet of passenger vehicles with new hydrogen vehicles as leases on gas vehicles expire" said Parris. Additionally, Lancaster is engaged with several hydrogen refueling station providers to develop a network of passenger and heavy-duty vehicle stations.

The event was commemorated by the agreement signing at the official residence of Japan Consul General Akira Muto in Los Angeles, and joined by CICA CEO Sean Chigusa with greetings and congratulations from Tadashi Mogi, Deputy Minister of METI Japan, Renewable Energy at METI Japan, Norihiko Saeki, Executive Director of JETRO Los Angeles, Lex Heslin, Senior Project Developer of Hitachi Zosen Inova, Takehito Yokoo, Senior Executive Engineer of Toyota Motor North America, and Emily Desai, Deputy Director of International Affairs and Trade of the State of California.

Parris is a fifth-term Republican mayor who transformed Lancaster into a renewable energy leader over the past decade by attracting more than $2 billion of investment in cutting-edge green companies and technologies. Investors include BYD, which manufactures electric buses; Heliogen, which generates hydrogen from concentrated solar energy; SGH2, which gasifies wastepaper into hydrogen; and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), which converts organic waste into renewable natural gas and hydrogen. The city also started its own utility company, Lancaster Choice Energy, allowing residents to choose local renewable energy at lower prices.

Ceremony speakers outside the Consul General's residence: Lex Heslin, Akira Muto, R. Rex Parris, Sean Chigusa, Takehito Yokoo, and Norihiko Saeki.
Ceremony speakers outside the Consul General’s residence: Lex Heslin, Akira Muto, R. Rex Parris, Sean Chigusa, Takehito Yokoo, and Norihiko Saeki.

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