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Pioneering Hydrogen - Conference "Connecting Powerfuel Hubs" Development of Hydrogen Transportation and Production in Japan

Pioneering Hydrogen - Conference

In this session three speakers from pioneering Japanese institutions and companies will present their perspective on the latest developments of hydrogen technologies and projects:

  • Eiji Ohira, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Dr Katsuya Morimoto, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
  • Bastian Gerstner-Riewer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd.

Japan is one of the first movers on hydrogen and the first industrial nation to publish its national hydrogen strategy in 2017. Its strategy is based on both large-scale imports as well as domestic production, each posing challenges regarding transportation and production. Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and companies such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are central actors when it comes to innovative hydrogen production and transportation.

Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field

In Namie Town in the Fukushima Prefecture, NEDO has opened the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) in cooperation with Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions, Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Iwatani Corporation. FH2R consists of a renewable energy-powered 10MW-class hydrogen production unit that can produce as much as 1,200 Nm³ of hydrogen per hour. The production is adjusted to demand and supply in the power grid in order to maximize the use of wind and solar energy while establishing low-cost, green hydrogen production technology.

“Hy Touch Kobe”

“Hy Touch Kobe”, the world’s first import terminal and ship for liquid hydrogen, was realized by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in the port of Kobe and was commissioned at the end of 2020. A double-walled tank with a capacity of 2,250 cubic metres in which liquid hydrogen at its liquefaction temperature of -253 degrees Celsius is stored, forms the centrepiece of the import terminal. Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Suiso Frontier is the world’s first ship to carry liquefied hydrogen between Australia and Japan.

Green Hydrogen Hub Hamburg

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries contributes to Japan’s leading role in establishing a global hydrogen society. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries created a number of technologies for the low-carbon production of hydrogen as well as hydrogen fuelled power generation. Alongside Vattenfall, Shell and Wärme Hamburg, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is part of the industrial consortium behind the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub that will help the City of Hamburg to become a pioneering location of a hydrogen economy.

This year’s international conference “Connecting Powerfuel Hubs” is organised by Global Powerfuel Alliance and German Energy-Agency (dena) in cooperation with the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster.

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About Tom Mikus

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I’ve been working as an International Project Manager for the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster since 2019. At the cluster, I focus on sharing information about renewable energies beyond Germany's borders. I report on the current developments and activities of the Hamburg cluster and renewable energy hub at an international level.