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JAPAN BEGINS DEMONSTRATION OF HYDROGEN SUPPLY CHAIN

Friday, June 26, 2020 

Japanese shipping company NYK says that the Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD), in which it participates, has started the final phase in the first international demonstration of hydrogen transportation.

The project is subsidised by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and will conduct a demonstration operation for the construction of an international hydrogen supply chain. The technology uses the organic chemical hydride method, in which hydrogen is chemically fixed to toluene to form Methylcyclohexane (MCH), a liquid which can be easily transported at ambient temperature and pressure. MCH produced in Brunei Darussalam has already been transported to Japan by ship, where it was separated into hydrogen and toluene at a dehydrogenation plant located on the Kawasaki city waterfront, and the hydrogen gas supplied to a gas turbine-driven power generation facility owned by Toa Oil.

The start of transporting back the toluene separated by dehydrogenation from Japan to Brunei Darussalam and binding the toluene again with hydrogen has now begun, completing the hydrogen supply chain and thus beginning circular stable operation.

NYK's role is to provide the sea transportation and nautical data. NYK subsidiary Yusen Logistics is in charge of the forwarding business, and affiliated company Ocean Network Express (ONE) provided an ISO tank container.

According to NYK, In the future, it will not only transport hydrogen but will work to realise a hydrogen society, including the development of technology for hydrogen as a marine fuel, taking business opportunities related to hydrogen, said to be the ultimate clean energy, and being involved in the entire supply chain.

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