03 Jan Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd launches the first liquefied hydrogen carrier.
The Suiso Frontier is the name of the vessel that conveys liquefied hydrogen. Kawasaki plans to install a vacuum-insulated double-shell-structure liquefied hydrogen storage tank that will store 1,250 m³ liquefied hydrogen cooled to -253º. They aim at establishing an energy supply chain for the liquefied hydrogen produced in Australia to Japan.
The fact that hydrogen doesn’t emit CO₂ or any other greenhouse gas makes it the best energy option available. In 2016, Kawasaki joined Iwatani Corporation, Shell Japan Limited and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd to form HysTRA, the CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association, which main goal is to develop a reliable energy supply chain in large volumes.
Not only is Kawasaki building the carrier but also an unloading terminal for liquefied hydrogen in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture as well as a brown coal gasification facility in Australia. In 2018 a consortium was formed by Kawasaki, Iwatani, J-POWER and Marubeni Corporation and AGL Loy Yang Pty Ltd that has been granted financial support by the Victorian and Australian Governments to build a gas refining facility, hydrogen liquefaction and a loading terminal amongst others.
Kawasaki is making an effort to achieve their sustainable development goals carrying out projects that include production, storage, transportation and use of hydrogen in every phase.