Four companies headquartered in Yokohama and Tokyo have united to create the Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD). Together, they plan to launch the world’s first Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project.

The project, headed by the Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, will help to establish hydrogen (H2) technology development for the utilisation of large scale H2 energy. The project is funded by the National Research and Development Agency and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO).

Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® technology will be used to construct the demonstration plant in Negara Brunei Darussalam and at the Dehydrogenation plant in Kawasaki’s coastal region of Japan. H2 will be procured in Brunei using Steam Reforming from the processed gas derived from the natural gas liquefaction plant of Brunei LNG Sdn. Bhd., and then transported by ship to Kawasaki, Japan in liquid form. H2 will then be extracted from the liquid and supplied to consumers. The project should be capable of supplying 210 tonnes of H2 in 2020, equivalent to filling 40,000 fuel cell vehicles.

The development will be constructed considering the Phase II of the ‘Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells’, issued by Japans Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2014 and revised in 2016. The road map aims to realise global H2 transport and supply technology for full-scale H2 power generation by 2030. This H2 demo project is a stepping stone for commercialisation of projects post 2020.

The technology utilises H2 for carbon dioxide (CO2) free power generation, which can contribute to fulfil the December 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement which requires greenhouse gas reductions to combat global warming.

Construction will begin in August 2017 with the project commencing operation by January 2020.