NYK has announced that the Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD) has ‘started the world’s first international demonstration operation to transport hydrogen’ – and also flagged up its interest in ‘hydrogen as a marine fuel’.
In a statement issued on Friday (26 June), NYK – which is a participant in AHEAD – said: ‘Methylcyclohexane (MCH) produced in Brunei Darussalam has already been transported to Japan by ship, separated into hydrogen and toluene at a dehydrogenation plant located on the Kawasaki city waterfront, and the hydrogen has been supplied to a gas turbine at the Mizue power station owned by Toa Oil Co. Ltd.
‘At this time, the process of transporting back the toluene separated by dehydrogenation from Japan to Brunei Darussalam and binding the toluene again with hydrogen has started.
‘This would complete the hydrogen supply chain and would be the beginning of circular stable operation.’
NYK is providing sea transportation and nautical data for the project.
In its statement the Japan-based shipping company described hydrogen as ‘the ultimate clean energy’ and also emphasised its importance as a potential alternative energy source for the maritime industry: ‘In the future, NYK will not only transport hydrogen but will also work to realise a hydrogen society, including the development of technology for utilising hydrogen as a marine fuel.’