AHEAD support refinery decarbonisation through MCH hydrogen supply

AHEAD, a joint organisation established in July 2017, comprises several partners, including Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsubishi, Mitsui & Co, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (the ‘Partners’).

The organisation will see the hydrogen delivered via a saturated hydrocarbon known as methylcyclohexane (MCH). With its ‘clean energy’ status, hydrogen emits no carbon dioxide (CO2) and is being investigated on a global scale by multiple industries as a method to reduce carbon emissions.

Using MCH, AHEAD is able to bypass existing supply-and-storage challenges, as MCH, composed of toluene and hydrogen, is a liquid under normal temperature and atmospheric pressure. This allows for storage and transportation using oil refineries, chemical tankers and other existing infrastructure.

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