The carrier ship has been designed to transport hydrogen produced in Australia to Japan. Measuring 116m long and 19m wide, the vessel is capable of conveying around 1,250m3 of liquid hydrogen, chilled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, over long distances by sea. Kawasaki will begin testing the new technology during the fiscal year 2020, and plans build an even larger vessel by 2030.
According to a report by NHK World, the head of the company’s hydrogen development centre, Motohiko Nishimura, says his team will aim to commercialize the carrier because liquefied hydrogen will likely be a key to future energy.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, headquartered in Chūō-ku, Kobe and Minato, Tokyo is a Japanese multinational known for manufacturing motorcycles, heavy equipment, aerospace and defense equipment, industrial robots, gas turbines, as well as ships. It employs over 34,000 people.
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