The success of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project Pilot was front and centre at the recent Sydney Energy Forum as senior executives from Project Partners, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and J-POWER, participated in a panel discussion.
Co-hosted by the Australian Government and the International Energy Agency, the Sydney Energy Forum focused on developing new technologies critical to achieving global net zero goals and overcoming the supply chain challenges standing in the way of achieving renewable energy outcomes across the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
The forum brought together Secretary, US Department of Energy with the Ministers of Energy from Japan, India, Indonesia, and the Pacific Island nation of Samoa. They were joined by senior executives and technical experts from around the world, who all share a commitment to support the transition to secure, affordable and reliable clean energy.
KHI Chairman Yoshinori Kanehana and J-POWER President and Chief Executive Officer, Toshifumi Watanabe, took part in the session, where they discussed the role of hydrogen and ammonia in the clean energy supply chain.
Mr. Kanehana reflected on the HESC Project which was the first in the world to make, liquefy and transport liquid hydrogen by sea, to an international market. He confirmed that the Australian and Japanese project partners are currently undertaking a detailed review of the pilot as preparations are made for commercialisation.
As J-POWER seeks to decarbonise its future power generation and deliver secure and stable supply, Mr. Watanabe discussed the importance of pursuing a diversity of clean energy innovations and technologies.
During their visit to Sydney, both Mr. Kanehana and Mr. Watanabe joined other senior executives at a dinner hosted by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Meanwhile, the Quad energy ministers also met in Sydney for the first time to discuss energy security and accelerating the transition to a cleaner energy future.