The world-first Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project
The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project was successfully completed in February 2022 with the arrival of the Suiso Frontier in Kobe, Japan with a load of liquefied hydrogen extracted from Latrobe Valley coal. This achievement proved the HESC Project’s technical viability and the basis for Project Partners to progress to creating a Liquefied Hydrogen Supply Chain Commercial Demonstration Project between Victoria and Japan.
On March 6th, after a review of several potential projects in Australia and around the world, Japan Suiso Energy (JSE) confirmed it had chosen to allocate the Japanese Government’s Green Innovation Fund (GIF) grant of ¥220 billion Japanese Yen (approximately AU$2.35 billion) to the commercial demonstration phase of Victoria’s HESC Project. The grant was originally allocated to Japan Suiso Energy, Iwatani Corporation and ENEOS in August 2021.
The commercial demonstration project will be delivered by two consortia.
First will be J-POWER and Sumitomo Corporation, who will form a joint-venture to produce clean hydrogen via extraction from Latrobe Valley coal with carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the Bass Strait. Read their statement here
The other is Japan Suiso Energy (JSE), comprised of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Iwatani Corporation, who will purchase clean hydrogen from the J-POWER/Sumitomo Corporation project and will be responsible for liquefaction at the Port of Hastings and trans-oceanic shipment from Victoria to Japan. Read their statement here.
At a potential future scale of 225,000 tonnes per year, the HESC Project has the potential to reduce global CO2 emissions by 1.8 million tonnes/year, equivalent to taking approximately 350,000 petrol engine cars off the road and create about 1,000 jobs per year in Victoria
For more information on hydrogen liquefaction and transportation, please visit https://www.japansuisoenergy.com/en/.
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Urgent Emissions Reductions
In a commercial phase, HESC will reduce global CO2 emissions by 1.8 million tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.
An Advanced Hydrogen Project
HESC is Australia’s most advanced hydrogen project; and the first project in the world to make, liquefy and transport liquid hydrogen by sea to an international market.
In a commercial phase, HESC could create 30,000 jobs in the Latrobe Valley and Mornington Peninsula regions.
The world-first Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project aims to safely produce and transport clean liquid hydrogen from Australia’s Latrobe Valley in Victoria to Kobe in Japan.
The project has the potential to be a game-changer – providing an innovative, economically viable and environmentally conscious solution to producing clean hydrogen safely, through gasification of coal with carbon capture and storage (CCS).
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Response to The Guardian’s HESC article published April 11, 2023
Japan Suiso Energy (JSE) and the J-Power-Sumitomo JV (JPSC-JV) provide the following response to an article by Peter Hannam in The Guardian on April 11, 2023. InvestmentThe HESC project will bring significant inbound investment into the State of Victoria.The Japanese Government has committed AU$2.35 billion (JPY220 billion) to financially support this world’s first clean liquefied…
Carbon capture utilisation and storage works
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Japan’s Green Innovation Fund selects J-Power/Sumitomo Corporation Joint Venture as preferred hydrogen producer
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