A picture of Kawasaki City’s industry zone with Mt Fuji in the background. Image: Shutterstock

Japanese consortium of companies Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD) has begun exporting hydrogen gas to Japan, ahead of the official opening of its demo plant at the Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK), Belait this week.

In a statement, AHEAD said the first batch of hydrogen produced from the plant has been transported to Japan via Muara Port on November 17, adding that such operation will continue for approximately a year.

The liquefied hydrogen gas will be used to fuel the gas turbine power generation in Toa Oil Company, Kawasaki City.

The Project, a subsidized ‘Technology Development Project to establish Hydrogen Society/Technology Development for the Utilization of Large Scale Hydrogen Energy’, is funded by the National Research and Development Agency, NEDO, and demonstrates ‘The Hydrogen Supply Chain utilizing the Organic Chemical Hydride Method’.

A picture of the Keihin Industrial Zone seen from the Kawasaki Marien (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture). Image: Shutterstock

The Project was initiated along with the second phase of the ‘Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells’ issued by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2014 and revised in 2016 with the aim of realising Global Hydrogen Transport and Supply Technology for full-scale Hydrogen Power Generation around 2030.

This was made possible after the hydrogen demo plant, which began construction last year was finally completed last September.  In a previous report, the hydrogen demo plant was expected to produce 210 tonnes of liquefied hydrogen gas annually once it became fully operational next year.

Launching the plant in a ceremony held earlier this week was the Minister of Energy Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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