Japanese consortium to study hydrogen with CCS in Latrobe Valley

Mar 08 2023

J-POWER and Sumitomo have signed an MoU to jointly study the feasibility of a clean hydrogen production project extracted from gasified Latrobe Valley Coal in Australia.

The Project will study the commercialization of clean hydrogen production, together with CO2 capture technology and selection of a preferred CO2 storage solution, taking advantage of the experience of J-Power's Osaki Cool Gen Project.

The project employed EAGLE (Energy Application for Gas, Liquid, and Electricity) coal gasification technology and is a collaboration with Japan's Chugoku EPCo with the support of METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry) and NEDO. The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is Japan's largest public management organization promoting research and development as well as deployment of industrial, energy and environmental technologies.

The Project is also aiming to demonstrate an international hydrogen supply chain, using the experience of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project, which was completed in 2022 in cooperation with various private sector companies and related ministries and agencies in Australia and Japan.



In addition to using the clean hydrogen inside Australia, the Project will also consider collaboration with the Demonstration Project for the Commercialization of a Liquefied Hydrogen Supply Chain, which was selected as a Green Innovation Fund Project by NEDO, with the aim of establishing the world's first commercial scale hydrogen supply chain.

J-POWER announced its "BLUE MISSION 2050" in February 2021, and this project is one of the specific initiatives to achieve decarbonization. J-POWER will continue to work to achieve a carbon neutral and hydrogen-based society by 2050.

Sumitomo Corporation has identified "mitigation of climate change" as one of the key social issues and has set "the challenge to become carbon neutral by 2050 and achieve a sustainable energy cycle", and aims to create next-generation businesses that contribute to decarbonization. 


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