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Air Liquide and ENEOS Corp. recently made their collaboration official by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This strategic alliance aims to speed up the progress of low-carbon hydrogen technologies in Japan. It will align with broader objectives related to energy transition.

The partnership aims to use ENEOS’ strong energy infrastructure and leading position in Japan’s market. It also aims to capitalize on Air Liquide’s extensive 60-year experience across the entire hydrogen value chain. This collaboration holds the promise of being the motivation for significant progress. Air Liquide’s proficiency spans production, liquefaction, transport, storage, distribution, and the complex domain of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

Furthermore, this initiative will cover the entire spectrum of low-carbon hydrogen production. What’s more, the partners will carefully explore the potential use of CCUS and electrolysis in hydrogen production. Moreover, an experimental phase will assess the value of an offshore international liquid hydrogen supply chain for the Japanese market.

Downstream, the partnership is poised to pioneer joint ventures, particularly in the realm of advancing hydrogen mobility in Japan. This includes the establishment of a comprehensive hydrogen refueling station infrastructure. Furthermore, the two entities commit to actively exploring avenues for innovation within the hydrogen supply chain.

Additionally, Armelle Levieux, Vice President of Innovation at Air Liquide, showed pride in this partnership. She stressed its impact across the renewable and low-carbon hydrogen value chain. She also mentioned its potential to be a pivotal force in Japan’s industry and mobility decarbonization efforts.

Tomohide Miyata, Representative Director and Executive Vice President of ENEOS, aligns this collaboration with ENEOS Group’s Long-Term Vision. He pointed out the pursuit of a stable energy and materials supply alongside making carbon-neutral society a reality. Miyata also stressed the MOU’s potential to steer energy transition and fortify carbon-neutral energy supply in Japan. Besides, he hinted at ENEOS’ consideration of methylcyclohexane (MCH) as a primary hydrogen carrier. He showed an interest in exploring liquefied hydrogen in the future to contribute to the formation of a decarbonized society.

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