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Figure 1 Kawasaki’s prototype duel-injection gas powered engine for the future hydrogen project- October 2021 1

With the race to Net-Zero underway, five pioneering Japanese manufacturers are leading improvements in hydrogen tech.

World-renowned Japanese manufacturers including Yamaha Motor Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation2 have entered an agreement for joint research on hydrogen engines for a variety of vehicles, demonstrating confidence in the role that hydrogen plays as a clean fuel.

Yamaha and Kawasaki are aiming to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050 with the focus on hydrogen-powered bikes. Suzuki and Honda hold the 2050 goal in their sights. They hope to explore alternative fuels and solutions while maintaining the development of EV’s. Subaru and Mazda are planning to take on the challenge of biomass-derived synthetic fuels for the Super Taikyu Series, while Toyota and Yamaha plan to use hydrogen produced in Japan in their engines.3

Figure 2 Suiso Frontier – December 2019 4

Over the past few months, we have been following the news involving the Japanese-Australian collaboration regarding Hydrogen and Clean Ammonia opportunities. With Over the past few months, we have been following the news involving the Japanese-Australian collaboration regarding hydrogen and clean ammonia opportunities. With the Suiso Frontier in action, the future of hydrogen and ammonia in Japan is very promising. For a nation facing difficulty securing energy resources that fit with climate action, the steps these Japanese manufacturers are taking are truly trailblazing.

Although this collaboration is relatively new, for Kawasaki this is a further step in their hydrogen strategy. Since 2010, Kawasaki has been invested in hydrogen and just recently on December 24th, 2021, deployed the Kawasaki ‘Suiso Frontier’ (‘Suiso’ meaning ‘Hydrogen’ in Japanese) to pick up its first cargo of LH2 (Liquified Hydrogen). A huge accomplishment considering the numerous delays.5 

As we realise the need for green hydrogen, Meld Energy are already actively pursuing wind and solar potential within the UK to fuel our very own hydrogen production facilities; playing our part as we aid others in building this hydrogen (Suiso) future. 

read more on the first liquid hydrogen ship here