Kawasaki Heavy Says Liquid Hydrogen Carriers Could Leave Japan This Month, Auto News, ET Auto
The world’s first liquid hydrogen van could leave Japan to pick up its first cargo of hydrogen to Australia later this month, although the return date has not yet been set due to COVID-19, Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd announced on Friday.
The A $ 500 million ($ 353 million) pilot, led by Kawasaki and backed by the Japanese and Australian governments, was originally scheduled to ship its first batch of hydrogen from lignite in Australia in the spring. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed to the second half of Kawasaki’s fiscal year from October to March.
“It will still depend on the pandemic situation, but we think the ship could leave Japan for Australia later this month,” said a Kawasaki spokesman.
Kawasaki Heavy wants to repeat its success as a major manufacturer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers powered by hydrogen, a key element that can help decarbonise industries and support the global energy transition.
In March of this year, the Japanese-Australian company started producing hydrogen from lignite as part of the test project, which aims to show that liquefied hydrogen can be safely produced and exported to Japan.
The Kawasaki spokesman said the hydrogen tanker “Suiso Frontier” had been registered with ClassNK, a ship classification society, which earned it recognition for meeting the standards of the International Maritime Organization.
The schedule for the return trip from Australia has not yet been set due to uncertainty about the effects of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, he said, adding that a one-way trip takes about 16 days.
Partners on the Australian side of the project are the Japanese Electric Power Development Co (J-Power), Iwatani Corp, Marubeni Corp, Sumitomo Corp and the Australian AGL Energy Ltd, whose mine supplies the lignite.