Plans to ship renewable hydrogen from Australia to Japan move forward

Queensland’s largest electricity generator Stanwell Corporation is being supported by $2.2m of ARENA funding to explore the feasibility of producing renewable hydrogen in the Australian state for export to Japan.

The study, delivered in partnership with Japan’s largest hydrogen supplier Iwatani, would see 36,500 tonnes per annum of renewable hydrogen produced and exported to Japan from 2026, scaling up to 328,500 tonnes per year by 2030.

Stanwell proposes to ship the hydrogen in liquid form using liquid hydrogen shipping vessels developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, in a similar way to Australia’s current liquefied natural gas exports.

The A$10.4m study is also supported by investment from a broader consortium of Japanese and domestic partners including Kansai Electric Power Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and APA Group, and funding support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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