Japan launches world’s first liquid hydrogen carrier  

The ‘Suiso Frontier’ vessel was launched on 11 December 2019 from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard in Kobe, western Japan, the company said in a press release.

Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

The carrier ship has been designed to transport hydrogen produced in Australia to Japan. Measuring 116m long and 19m wide, the vessel is capable of conveying around 1,250m3 of liquid hydrogen, chilled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, over long distances by sea. Kawasaki will begin testing the new technology during the fiscal year 2020, and plans build an even larger vessel by 2030.

According to a report by NHK World, the head of the company’s hydrogen development centre, Motohiko Nishimura, says his team will aim to commercialize the carrier because liquefied hydrogen will likely be a key to future energy.

Hydrogen is regarded as a clean energy source because it does not emit CO2 during use. Japan’s government aims to put 200,000 hydrogen-powered cars into use across the country by 2025.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, headquartered in Chūō-ku, Kobe and MinatoTokyo is a Japanese multinational known for manufacturing motorcycles, heavy equipment, aerospace and defense equipment, industrial robots, gas turbines, as well as ships. It employs over 34,000 people.

Source: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, NHK World

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