The two manufacturers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the development of low-carbon hydrogen in Japan.
Under this partnership, Air Liquide and Eneos will produce blue and green hydrogen. The scope of the collaboration includes both CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage) and electrolysis technologies. In addition, they will examine the possibilities of working together to develop an international liquid hydrogen supply chain to supply the Japanese market from abroad. Speaking of which, it should be noted that Eneos is planning to develop MCH (Methylcyclohexane). This is a liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) that is liquid at ambient temperature and pressure and whose volume is 1/500th that of gaseous hydrogen. It is therefore easy to handle, store and transport.
At a later time, the partnership will study joint initiatives to develop hydrogen mobility in Japan, including a hydrogen refuelling station infrastructure. In addition, Air Liquide and Eneos could collaborate on innovation in the hydrogen value chain.
“Air Liquide is proud to partner with ENEOS, Japan’s leading energy company. This collaboration, which will span the whole value chain of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen, will combine the strengths of two leaders in their field,” commented Armelle Levieux, member of the Air Liquide Group Executive Committee and Vice President of Innovation, supervising Hydrogen activities.
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King