Japan: Supply Chain Consortium to Conduct Feasibility Study on Imported Hydrogen in Chubu Region
Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization has selected several companies to conduct a feasibility study on the receiving and distribution business of hydrogen in the Chubu Region. The Study will also aim to focus on developing a large-scale hydrogen supply chain.
Kanagawa/Japan – Sumitomo Corporation, Chiyoda Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan Research Institute and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have been appointed by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to conduct a feasibility study on the receiving and distribution business of hydrogen in the Chubu Region, Japan.
NEDO selected the Joint Contractors in the public offering for ‘Development of Technologies for Realizing a Hydrogen Society/Regional Hydrogen Utilization Technology Development/Hydrogen Production and Utilization Potential Research’ and the Study is scheduled to be conducted during FY2021 and FY2022.
In order to promote the utilization of hydrogen in Japan, it is essential not only to produce hydrogen domestically, but also to import large volumes of hydrogen from cost competitive areas.
To materialize large volume of imports, it is important to build supply chains from import terminals to demand locations, and to put priority on identifying challenges and find its solutions.
Building on the previous study of potential hydrogen demand in the Chubu region by the Hydrogen Utilization Study Group conducted in February 2021, this Study will focus on developing a large-scale hydrogen supply chain. The Study will also address the economic viability of the large-scale receiving and distribution business and sort out financial, technical and regulatory challenges for commercialization assuming that hydrogen is imported in the Chubu region.
Iwatani Corporation, Chubu Electric Power Co., Toho Gas Co., Air Liquide Japan, and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, as a member of Chubu Hydrogen Utilization, and Joint Contractors have formed the consortium to complete this Study. Cooperation of other member companies in the Study Group (Idemitsu Kosan Co., Eneos Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, JFE Engineering Corporation, Nippon Steel Corporation) is expected to deepen the Study.
To achieve the Study Group's goal, "Social implementation of hydrogen in the Chubu Region in 2025" in line with carbon neutrality in Japan in 2050, further progress towards the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) stage will be considered with the completion of this Study.