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Japan's Eneos draws closer to shipping hydrogen via oil tankers

Energy company to test tech for hydrogen transport at ambient temperature

This Eneos gasoline station in Japan posts advertisement for hydrogen fuel. (Photo obtained by Nikkei)

TOKYO -- Japanese energy company Eneos said Monday it will soon test technology that allows hydrogen to be shipped by regular oil tankers at ambient temperature, an innovation expected to drastically cut the cost of adopting the alternative energy source.

Eneos has built a demonstration plant in Brisbane, Australia that makes methylcyclohexane (MCH), a liquid hydrogen carrier. The facility will go into operation in February.

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