Japan looks to broaden hydrogen supply options

Japan’s commitment to hydrogen will open opportunities for gas, which offers a low-cost method of production, but will ultimately require CCS technology
By Andrew Walker 15 August 2017
The planned Brunei Hydrogen Production and Hydrogenation plant. (Mitsubishi)

A pilot project to manufacture hydrogen from natural gas in Brunei and export it to Japan shows Tokyo is serious about expanding its hydrogen supply options.

The project will make use of processed gas from Brunei’s LNG plant, according to a press release. The hydrogen will be separated from methane using a steam reforming process and combined with toluene, a feedstock and solvent, to form a chemical hydride before being shipped to Japan.

The project is expected to produce only 210 tons of hydrogen in...

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