The Anonymous Widower

Kawasaki’s Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier Departs To Pick Up First Cargo

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Green Car Congress.

This is the first paragraph.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Suiso Frontier, the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, has left Japan to pick up its first hydrogen cargo in Australia. A return to Japan is expected around late February.

As the cargo is only seventy-five tonnes of liquid hydrogen, I have my doubts about shipping hydrogen from Australia to Japan.

Late February is two months away, so this represents a production rate of 37.5 tonnes per month.

In Can The UK Have A Capacity To Create Five GW Of Green Hydrogen?, I said the following.

Ryze Hydrogen are building the Herne Bay electrolyser.

  • It will consume 23 MW of solar and wind power.
  • It will produce ten tonnes of hydrogen per day.

The electrolyser will consume 552 MWh to produce ten tonnes of hydrogen, so creating one tonne of hydrogen needs 55.2 MWh of electricity.

This would mean that if the Japanese built one Herne Bay-size electrolyser, then it would produce around three hundred tonnes of hydrogen in an average month.

The only possible use for this ship at the moment, is as a research project to identify the problems of the transportation of hydrogen over long distances by sea.

But we may need to use ships for the coastal transportation of hydrogen in the UK and to Europe.


December 28, 2021 - Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Umm Hydrogen made from the gasification of brown coal then shipped 9000 km to get 75 tonnes/load isn’t going to save the planet. As you say maybe just research to understand the logistically issues involved.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 28, 2021 | Reply

  2. I would hazard a guess and say that this ship would be able to carry a vastly bigger cargo. This additional space carries either more conventional cargo, or perhaps prefabricated hydrogen tanks could be quickly slotted in if required.

    Comment by Dave | December 29, 2021 | Reply

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