HESC Project Partners attend Hydrogen Council inaugural Australia-Japan meeting

HESC was well represented at a recent Australian Hydrogen Council meeting by senior executives from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), J-POWER, and Sumitomo Corporation.

KHI Chairman Yoshinori Kanehana, who is also co-chair of the Hydrogen Council, spoke at the breakfast held during the 60th anniversary of the Australia-Japan Business Committee Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The full conference ran from 8th to 10th October 2023 and encompassed two days of remarkable insights and the forging of stronger ties between Australia and Japan.

During the meeting, over 26 organisations signed a communique to establish an alliance focused on accelerating and increasing investment in clean energy technologies to create a clean and resilient energy future centred around hydrogen and its derivatives.  

The well-attended meeting also had HESC Project proponents J-Power Chairman Toshifumi Watanabe and representatives from Japan Suiso Energy and Sumitomo Corporation present. 

Kanehana-san said, “This is a great example of our shared commitment to addressing the global challenge of climate change and transitioning towards a more sustainable future. We are excited to propose a collaborative initiative aimed at advancing the development and understanding of clean energy solutions in Australia and Japan. By uniting our strengths, we can accelerate the transition to a clean energy future and contribute significantly to global sustainability goals.”

The two nations will take turns hosting an annual discussion on hydrogen and its derivatives at the Australia-Japan Business Conference. This industry-led meeting will focus on exploring ways to support investment, industry development, and export cooperation between Australia and Japan. Participants will also share experiences, provide updates and plans for the development of the hydrogen and derivatives industry.

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