MOL joins new zero-emission hydrogen project

The Wind Hunter project will focus on wind propulsion technology and the conversion of wind energy to generate a stable supply of hydrogen.

In addition to Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, other participants in the project include Ouchi Ocean Consultant, the National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) of National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), Smart Design Co., Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and Miraihene Planning LLC.

The group held its first meeting earlier this month.

MOL is currently working on the Wind Challenger project to develop sailing technology and the new Wind Hunter Project will apply this technology and combine hydrogen carriers and fuel cells with hydrogen generated by a electrolyser, where the power is generated by a wind turbine .

The combination of sail and hydrogen technology will enable vessels to sail even during periods of low wind and the project team also plans to study the application of supplying hydrogen generated at sea for onshore use.

As a first step, the project team will undertake a feasibility study of the concept using a sailing yacht. The next step would be a demonstration phase using a larger vessel.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes