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Speeding Up Japan's Path to a Clean Hydrogen Future

[IMPACT LIVE] Speeding Up Japan's Path to a Clean Hydrogen Future

Japan has a proud history of leading the way in the development of hydrogen technologies. As one of the world's largest demand centers for hydrogen, Japan has played a crucial role in advancing the industry. However, the industry now stands at a critical crossroads, faced with the decision to either continue investing or risk falling behind. This IMPACT webinar discussed the current state and future of the hydrogen industry in Japan.

General Market:

Japan’s primary *S+3E energy policy: to achieve a stable (“Energy Security”) and cost- effective (“Economic Efficiency”) energy supply whilst pursuing environmental acceptability (“Environment”), without compromising safety (“Safety”) issues.

Japan is a pioneer in the hydrogen industry, having formulated a national hydrogen strategy, positioned hydrogen as a priority area in the Green Growth Strategy, and set a rolling target of using  2MT, 3MT, and 20MT in social applications by 2025, 2030, and 2050.

IMPACT Recording Timestamps:

00:02 - 00:22 | Japan’s Clean Hydrogen Update

Mr. Hiroki Yoshida, Deputy Director - Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)


00:23 - 00:44 | [Joint Presentation] Japan’s Hydrogen Trade Market: Opportunities for Collaboration with Queensland

Mr. Tak Adachi, Trade and Investment Commissioner - Japan, Queensland Government

Mr. Sugiyama Masakazu, Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, University of Tokyo

00:45 - 01:08 | JBIC’s Supports for Hydrogen Value Chain Creation

Mr. Yoshitaka Hidaka, Director for Energy Transformation Strategy, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

01:09 - 01:31 | Unlocking the Potential of Green Hydrogen in the Power and Renewables Sector

Mr. Melvin Chen, Head of Power & Renewables Consulting APAC, Wood Mackenzie​​

Our Top 5 Key Takeaways:

1. Japan's New Suppliers Support Scheme: Closing the Gap for Clean Hydrogen Adoption

With aim to develop large-scale and resilient hydrogen supply chains (both domestic and international), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is set to invest over 7 trillion yen (approximately $53.8 billion) in public and private funding to build robust and large-scale hydrogen supply chains, in particular feature the New Suppliers Support Scheme, which will leverage a Contract for Difference (CFD) to reduce the price gap between clean hydrogen (ammonia) and conventional fuels for a defined period. Furthermore, the ministry is also actively developing international certification.

2. Hydrogen – The Preferred Vector for Industry Decarbonization and Energy Storage

Electrification can be fed domestically, making it a priority option for Japan’s decarbonization strategy Hydrogen is mainly for industry decarbonization which can hardly to decarbonize through electricity. Hydrogen is also considered as an energy storage carrier.

3. Exporting Solar Hydrogen from QLD to Japan, use MCH as Hydrogen Carrier to Power Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle

The asset to generate green hydrogen is important – hence the import from Australia/Queensland and international markets makes sense. To lower down the transport cost, MCH is under study as a hydrogen career alongside liquefied hydrogen, LOHC, ammonia.

4. JBIC Facilitating Japan Companies Overseas Hydrogen Infrastructure Investment and Value Chain Creation

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is working to facilitate the investment of Japanese companies in overseas hydrogen infrastructure and the creation of value chains. JBIC plans to provide financial support to Japanese companies for overseas projects related to the production, transportation, and storage of hydrogen. The bank believes that this will not only help to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source but also contribute to the development of new markets and industries for Japanese companies.

5. Hydrogen/Ammonia Co-firing is more Efficient than CCS to Decarbonize Fossil Fuel Assets, though Technology and Cost Remain as Challenges Ahead

According to Wood Mackenzie's presentation on unlocking the potential of green hydrogen in the power and renewables sector, the power industry is expected to be a major driver for green hydrogen demand going forward, with ammonia, refining, and methanol supporting early demand growth. While gas and coal will still play a role in Japan's power system, Japan is leading in hydrogen/ammonia co-firing policy and project execution. However, technology cost competitiveness remains a significant barrier for greater adoption of green hydrogen, with renewables remaining significantly cheaper until 2030.

Insights Brought to You by:

Hiroki Yoshida

Deputy Director - Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office


Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Tak Adachi

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner - Japan

Trade and Investment Queensland


Melvin Chen

Head of Power & Renewables Consulting APAC

Wood Mackenzie

Sugiyama Masakazu

Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems


University of Tokyo

Yoshitaka Hidaka

Director for Energy Transformation Strategy


Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)


Kayla Shi

Content Analyst

Leader Associates

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