Creating Clean Energy

Kawasaki seeks to create clean energy by establishing a CO2-free hydrogen energy supply chain designed to reduce environmental risk on a global scale.

Corporate Technology Division

Creating Clean Energy

As it aims to contribute to the development of a hydrogen-powered society, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is pursuing its goal of becoming a supplier of comprehensive system packages associated with hydrogen transportation infrastructure by 2030 via the provision of hydrogen loading and unloading facilities, liquefaction systems, carrier ships and gas turbines. To achieve this goal, we are working with partner companies to develop key hydrogen supply chain technologies. These technologies include those associated the production of hydrogen from brown coal in Australia, with the aim of taking advantage of this underutilized resource, as well as technologies that produce hydrogen in combination with renewable energy generation processes and hydrogen liquefaction technologies. With regard to the transportation of hydrogen, our large-capacity carrier ships are expected to play an essential role along with our loading and unloading facilities. Furthermore, we will support the storage of liquefied hydrogen as well as hydrogen utilization via power generation employing gas turbines optimized for this fuel. Applying CO2 capture and storage (CCS) technologies at the production stage when obtaining hydrogen from fossil fuels enables the use of hydrogen as a source of clean energy by controlling CO2 emissions all the way from production to utilization. Once established, the hydrogen supply chain that Kawasaki is building will be able to stably supply large quantities of clean energy while considerably reducing CO2 emissions. We have initiated the construction of facilities for the demonstration of this supply chain. We have also successfully completed demonstration testing of heat and electricity supply via pure hydrogen combustion as well as water electrolysis hydrogen production.

2030 Target/KPI

  • CO2 reduction through use of hydrogen energy: 3 million tons
  • Hydrogen transport volume: 225,000 tons per year

Goal for the MTBP 2019

  • Complete the demonstration of a hydrogen supply chain spanning Japan and Australia

FY2018 results

  • Initiated the construction of loading and unloading facilities for supply chain demonstration
  • Succeeded in operating cogeneration facilities that employ the mixed combustion of natural gas and hydrogen as well as purely hydrogen-fueled cogeneration facilities in urban areas in Kobe
  • Completed the demonstration of wind-powered water electrolysis hydrogen production (a “power-to-gas” process that utilizes surplus renewable energy to produce and store hydrogen) in Hokkaido
A demonstration plant installed on Kobe Port Island


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