Australian technology development company Hazer Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chubu Electric and Chiyoda Corporation to build a commercial-scale Hazer facility in the Chubu region of Japan.
Under the MOU, Hazer, Chubu Electric and Chiyoda have agreed to work collaboratively to prepare the Project Development Plan (PDP) for a clean hydrogen and graphitic carbon production hub, based on Hazer’s proprietary technology.
Energy supply company Chubu Electric Power plans to use the produced hydrogen as a fuel for power generation, and other hard-to-abate industries, as well as mobility, in the Nagoya area.
The project’s planned production facility will have a target ultimate hydrogen production capacity of between 50,000 and 100,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), planned to be achieved in stages. The initial hydrogen production capacity is currently anticipated to be between 2,500 and 10,000 tpa.
The PDP is anticipated to be completed during the first half of 2024, and the initial start-up of the facility is targeted to be in the late 2020s.
Hazer, Chubu Electric and Chiyoda will form a Project Group for the development and implementation of the project.
Kouji Sada, general manager of Electric Power Research and Development Center of Chubu Electric, said, “Chubu Electric Power Group is firmly committed to decarbonisation of its operations and that of our customers. We believe the Hazer technology offers an attractive solution to locally produce low carbon hydrogen, using our existing supply chains and infrastructure.”
Norimasa Matsuoka, senior vice president, Frontier Business Division of Chiyoda, said: “Chiyoda has been closely collaborating with Hazer for some time. We believe Hazer’s innovative technology has strong alignment with the Japanese market and we are delighted to be working together with Chubu Electric and Hazer, bringing our engineering and project expertise to bear on this exciting project for early social implementation towards a carbon free society.”
Glenn Corrie, managing director of Hazer Group saidm “Hazer has always viewed Japan as an important and strategic market for the deployment of our unique technology. By integrating our technology into the existing energy value chain, we can contribute to the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors such as power generation, heavy industry and mobility.
“We feel privileged to be working with world-class and strategically aligned partners in Chubu Electric and Chiyoda, both of which have been leaders in their fields and have a demonstrated vision to decarbonise society. This partnership complements our already established partnership with Mitsui relating to our graphite offtake and is further validation of the Hazer technology business plan.”