As the global race for carbon neutrality intensifies, Japan’s hydrogen ambitions are once again in the spotlight.
Japan surprised the world when in 2017 the government announced the Basic Hydrogen Strategy, a first of its kind in the world. Three years on, Japan is closing in on the commercialization of the hydrogen supply chain, while hailing ammonia as its next big base-load power source.
While neighboring China leads in solar, and the EU is leading in offshore wind, Japan is determined to stake a claim in energy tradition leadership via hydrogen.
Stage 1: Putting in place the supply chain
In the past year, Japan has moved from policy outline to building the supply chain. In this regard, two major pilot projects are of note.