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Money Australia's AGL to host coal-to-liquid hydrogen export trial for Japan's Kawasaki Heavy

06:11  13 april  2018
06:11  13 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Japan ' s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd will use a power station owned by top Australian electricity producer AGL Energy Ltd for a trial of coal - to - liquid Success could also establish a new export industry for the country, extracting hydrogen from coal then converting it to liquid for export to Japan .

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Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (7012.T) will use a power station owned by top Australian electricity producer AGL Energy Ltd (AGL.AX) for a trial of coal-to-liquid hydrogen conversion, the companies and the Australian government said on Thursday.

If successful, the companies said they would build a facility at AGL's massive Loy Yang coal-fired power station, Australia's biggest. Success could also establish a new export industry for the country, extracting hydrogen from coal then converting it to liquid for export to Japan.

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SYDNEY: Japan ’ s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd will use a power station owned by top Australian electricity producer AGL Energy Ltd for a trial of Success could also establish a new export industry for the country, extracting hydrogen from coal then converting it to liquid for export to Japan .

SYDNEY: Japan ’ s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd will use a power station owned by top Australian electricity producer AGL Energy Ltd for a trial of Success could also establish a new export industry for the country, extracting hydrogen from coal then converting it to liquid for export to Japan .

The trial comes amid a long-running clash between AGL and the Australian government over energy policy. AGL wants to close coal-fired power stations and become a 100 percent renewable energy firm by 2050, while the conservative government wants to reinforce a secure baseload energy supply following a string of major blackouts in recent years.

Meanwhile Japan is keen to develop new clean energy sources amid uncertainty about its future use of nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

"It is critically important that we invest in the energy sources of the future and we effect the transition from older forms of generation to new forms of generation and we do so seamlessly," said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking at the Loy Yang site in southeastern Victoria.

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coal - to - liquid hydrogen conversion, the companies and the Australian government said on Thursday. Australia dominated much of the AFC Asian Women' s Cup final but it was Japan who are continental champions thanks to an 11th-hour winner.The Matildas dominated large periods of the

Australia is expected to be able to find a new way of utilizing its coal reserves. The three other Japanese firms in the consortium are Iwatani Corp., Electric Power Development Co. and Marubeni Corp. It also includes Australia ’ s AGL Energy Ltd. Shipments of hydrogen from the project are likely

Turnbull said his government was contributing A$50 million ($39 million) to the trial, which would create 400 local jobs. The companies involved in the project didn't disclose details of their own investment.

Engineering group Kawasaki Heavy has been keen to tap the coal-to-liquid hydrogen market and has been looking at using brown coal from Victoria, where supplies are plentiful. But it has hedged its bets with a project in Norway to derive hydrogen using power from hydroelectric dams and eventually wind farms.

Using Australian coal requires removing its climate-changing carbon and burying it in old oil or gas wells there. For the trial, Kawasaki Heavy has also teamed up with Japan's Marubeni Corp (8002.T), J-Power Systems Corp and Iwatani Corp (8088.T).

"The global hydrogen market is booming," said Kawasaki Heavy's Eiichi Harada, Deputy General Manager of the firm Corporate Technology Division, in a joint statement released on behalf of the companies involved.

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Japan ' s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (7012.T) will use a power station owned by top Australian electricity producer AGL Energy Ltd ( AGL .AX) for a trial of coal - to - liquid hydrogen conversion.

Japanese and Australian governments launched a multi-billion dollar project to produce liquefied hydrogen from coal for Japan ' s southeastern region " Australia already exports coal , iron ore and LNG. With the HESC project, it can export the commodity of the future, hydrogen , which gives off no

The project "has the potential to deliver a critical option for future global energy needs", he said. If the pilot is successful, the project would enter its commercial phase in the 2030s, according to the statement.

The project is a "major turning point for CCS (carbon capture storage) in Australia by securing jobs, sustaining communities, and paving the way for a global hydrogen economy that combats climate change," the Global CCS Institute said.

a close up of a persons face: FILE PHOTO - Men walk past a signboard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. at the company's Tokyo Head Office in Tokyo © REUTERS/Toru Hanai FILE PHOTO - Men walk past a signboard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. at the company's Tokyo Head Office in Tokyo

But green lobby group Environment Victoria rejected claims the project would promote clean energy.

"Japan doesn't want dirty hydrogen. They want clean hydrogen but today's announcement simply creates a plant that will lock-in dirty hydrogen," Environment Victoria campaigns manager Nicholas Aberle said in a statement.

($1 = 1.2897 Australian dollars)

(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

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