ABB to support Australia-Japan hydrogen project

ABB to support Australia-Japan hydrogen project

ABB will provide instrumentation and electrification solutions to power Australia’s first hydrogen liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings in Victoria as part of the “world first” Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project.

The HESC pilot project will see liquefied hydrogen produced from Latrobe Valley brown coal transported to Japan for use in fuel cell electric vehicles and power generation, in one of the world’s first efforts to commercialise technology to liquefy and transport hydrogen.

According to the Australian Government, the landmark HESC pilot project has the potential to create AU$2bn in exports nationally, positioning Australia as a global leader in hydrogen production.

The Australian Government has described the pilot project as a ‘crucial step’ towards Australia becoming an international leader in hydrogen production, with the Australian and Victorian Governments pledging AU$50m ($34m) each to the AU$500m ($343m) HESC pilot project.

Construction of the small-scale pilot facilities at the Port of Hastings commenced in 2019, and the pilot phase will operate for approximately one year from 2020.

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ABB has been awarded orders in both Australia and Japan, winning an electrification and instrumentation contract in Australia and an automation contract in Japan from Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

“ABB is excited to collaborate on this world-first pilot to commercialise technology for liquefying and transporting hydrogen from Australia and deliver clean energy to Japan, while also reducing emissions,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB’s Industrial Automation business.

In Australia, ABB will supply and integrate electrical equipment including LV switchgear and distribution panels, power quality components, UPS, end-to-end engineering, project management and commissioning services, as well as instrumentation, motor and gearboxes for the new Hydrogen Liquefaction and Loading Terminal at the Port of Hastings in Victoria.

At the terminal, hydrogen gas produced by brown coal gasification at the Latrobe Valley will be liquefied and stored.

In Japan, there is a liquid hydrogen receiving terminal at Kobe. ABB Bailey Japan, which has deep domain expertise in LNG cryogenic terminals, will provide an automation and safety system to support the local operations.

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