Kawasaki Heavy to build world’s 1st liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal
The world's first liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal, Kobe LH2 Terminal has been completed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
For the CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association, the terminal was constructed (HySTRA).
At the facility, which will be used for a demonstration test for the international hydrogen energy supply chain to transport liquefied hydrogen from Australia to Japan, operational testing has begun.
The project is called the Demonstration Project for the Establishment of the Unused Brown Coal Mass Hydrogen Marine Transport Supply Chain and is funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
“Kawasaki will utilize liquefied hydrogen storage tank technologies developed through this project to pursue even larger-sized tanks in the future, with the aim of realizing the high-volume hydrogen transport technologies necessary to achieve a hydrogen society,” stated the company.
Kobe LH2 Terminal houses a spherical liquefied hydrogen storage tank with a capacity of 2,500 m3, Japan's largest of its kind, including a loading arm system specifically built for the transfer of liquefied hydrogen between land-based facilities and ships.
In order to prevent heat transfer from the outside, the tank features a double-shell vacuum-insulation structure comprising internal and external shells with a vacuum-sealed layer in between.
Maritime Business World