Sojitz Corporation, CS Energy and Nippon Engineering Consultants to demonstrate transporting renewable hydrogen produced in Australia to the Republic of Palau for use in fuel cells and fuel cell vessels.
Sojitz’s application was selected by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) to receive subsidies under the ministry’s “Pilot Project for Comprehensive Support Throughout the Whole Hydrogen Supply Chain Abroad,” a financing program that is part of MOEJ’S Financing Programme for JCM Model Projects in FY2021.
Sojitz and its partners are scheduled to carry out this demonstration project for three years, from 2021 until 2023.
The demonstration project involves using solar power generation to produce green hydrogen in Queensland, Australia, which will then be transported to Pacific Island countries for use in small fuel cells and hydrogen fuel vessels that can popularize hydrogen use on islands.
Sojitz will represent the project, and the company will provide overall management for the project, conduct a field study in Palau, and support the implementation of equipment.
CS Energy will generate and supply green hydrogen, while Nippon Engineering Consultants will study hydrogen applications and forecast hydrogen demand that accounts for the energy market demands in Pacific Island countries.
Nippon Engineering Consultants will also analyze the economic feasibility of marine transport for green hydrogen and the effects of CO2 reduction. Additionally, the demonstration of fuel cells will be conducted by Brother Industries, Ltd., which will participate as a subcontractor on the project.