In its quest to become a hydrogen society Japan has launched the Hydrogen Frontier.
The Hydrogen Frontier is an 8,000 tonne, ocean-going ship, launched out of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ shipyards in Kobe. It uses liquid hydrogen fuel, stored at -253°C, made from coal in Australia.
Motohiko Nishimura, the head of Kawasaki Heavy’s hydrogen development centre, said:
“At present, this is the only ship in the world to apply the International Maritime Organisation’s interim safety standard for carrying liquid hydrogen, and when it completes its trials in 2020, we hope its approach to safety will become a de facto standard. In that respect, we think the technology on this ship is a step ahead of the rest of the world.”