Kawasaki Heavy teams with Shell to develop hydrogen carriers

Kawasaki Heavy teams with Shell to develop hydrogen carriers

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) will partner with Royal Dutch Shell to develop technologies to ship hydrogen, a project the Japanese shipbuilder has been working on for years with some very futuristic looking ship designs already on display.

In the past KHI has worked with fellow Japanese firms Iwatani and J-Power developing hydrogen shipping concepts. This trio will now work with Shell which aims to produce hydrogen from low-quality brown coal abundant in Australia at low cost and then ship liquefied hydrogen in special vessels.

KHI aims to commercialise liquid hydrogen carriers by 2020 with Japanese authorities keen to import considerable volumes of the energy.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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