World’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier launched

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has achieved a major project milestone today, launching the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, SUISO FRONTIER at its Kobe work site in Japan.

The launch has major implications for Australia, as Kawasaki Heavy Industries are a partner on the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project currently under construction in Victoria.

The SUISO FRONTIER has been developed specifically for the HESC project to transport liquefied hydrogen from the Port of Hastings in Victoria to Japan.

The launch of the SUISO FRONTIER follows other recent and significant HESC milestones including the commencement of construction of the project’s hydrogen liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings in July, and the commencement of construction of the brown coal gasification and gas-refining plant in the Latrobe Valley in early November.

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It also follows hot on the heels of the release of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

These events demonstrate a significant step forward in Australia and Japan’s pursuit of a hydrogen energy society and supports Australia in responsibly transitioning to a secure, economically viable, low carbon energy future.

The HESC project has the potential to be a game changer in the future, together with carbon capture and storage, providing an innovative, economically viable and environmentally conscious solution to producing hydrogen safely, through the conversion of brown coal to hydrogen.

Australia could be the first country to create a thriving hydrogen export industry with huge local economic benefits.

Construction will be complete in late 2020 to complement the commencement of HESC pilot’s full operation by 2021.