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Hydrogen power in Japan poised for boost from new supply tech

Kawasaki Heavy aims to sell country's first liquefier by 2020

A Toyota fuel cell vehicle. Liquefied hydrogen is easier to transport and can be immediately used as fuel for cars or electricity generation.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries looks to bring the first hydrogen liquefier made by a Japanese company to market around 2020, Nikkei has learned, a development that could spur wider use of the fuel in power generation and cars.

The heavy equipment maker has been developing equipment that liquefies the gas by cooling it to minus 235 C. Although the liquid requires specialized ships to transport, it offers high purity and can be immediately used in fuel cells and power plants, according to the company.

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