Kawasaki Heavy Launches Liquid Hydrogen Carrier
Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries December 11 named and launched the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier at Kobe Works, it said the same day.
According to the company, Suiso Frontier was developed to provide a means of transporting liquefied hydrogen at 1/800 of its original gas-state volume, cooled to –253°C, safely and in large quantities over long distances by sea.
Kawasaki said it plans to install a 1,250 m3 vacuum-insulated, double-shell-structure liquefied hydrogen storage tank, currently being manufactured at Harima Works, on the ship and complete the vessel's construction by late 2020.
Once complete, the Suiso Frontier will be used for technology demonstration testing aimed at establishing an international hydrogen energy supply chain in which liquefied hydrogen produced in Australia is shipped to Japan, the company said.