Monday, May 4, 2015


Project for Geothermal Power to Produce Liquid Hydrogen Begins (The Japan News)

Just as hydrogen fuel is gaining more attention as clean energy, a project that would produce liquid hydrogen by utilizing geothermal power is about to kick off on the volcanic island of Iojima in Mishima, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., along with Obayashi Corp., is set to start a drilling survey this fiscal year in preparation for building a demonstration plant there. Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are planning to use hydrogen energy at the accommodation center for athletes competing in the event. The companies initiating the hydrogen production project aim to put hydrogen energy into practical use by then.

Liquid hydrogen is mostly used in fuel cell vehicles and hailed as clean energy as it does not emit carbon dioxide. According to the plan, volcanic gas will be used to generate the steam to activate the turbine, which in turn produces electricity. Desalinated seawater will be used to extract the hydrogen, which will then be liquefied at minus 253 C and kept in storage until it is shipped out of the island in a container.

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