Japan isn’t fooling around about its intent to create a hydrogen society; it’s well on its way ahead of everyone. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the astonishing progress Japan continues to make in its determination to build a hydrogen economy. The country was the first to adopt a basic hydrogen strategy and framework back in 2017 with a goal to import 300,000 tons of the stuff by 2030 and become the global leader to embrace its many applications. In three short years, Japan has rolled out some extraordinary engineering feats on that end, including transportation, industry, large-scale infrastructure, supply chains, and planned urban living powered by H2 technology. In a series of world’s tops, the country lays claim to the first commercially viable fuel-cell vehicles and buses; the first marine carrier to ship liquefied hydrogen from Australia to Japan (also for the first time); the largest green hydrogen production facility; and a successful pilot project that ships hydrogen in chemical form from Brunei for Japanese power generation. Meantime in the U.S., we have a lot of catching up to do with power giants like NextEra and Entergy setting the course. Are we finally “woke”?
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