Business Area

CLEAN FUELS

Large-capacity, long-term energy storage and usage needs are growing as renewables spread. Accelerating decarbonization is required even in industries that face challenges electrifying. Hydrogen, ammonia and other clean fuels offer solutions. The MHI Group is innovating these technologies and building the value chain.

Realizing a hydrogen ecosystem in the quest for carbon neutrality

As the world works to achieve a carbon neutral society by 2050, clean fuels that do not emit CO₂ during combustion are gaining attention as alternatives to fossil fuels. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group has a wide range of core technologies and solutions across the hydrogen value chain, including our leading-edge hydrogen technologies. By combining these solutions with technological innovations in clean fuels, we will lead the way in building a more robust hydrogen and ammonia value chain.

Image emphasizing the “build a hydrogen solutions ecosystem" among the path to achieving Carbon Neutrality
 Image emphasizing the “build a hydrogen solutions ecosystem" among the path to achieving Carbon Neutrality

Technologies and solutions to cover the value chain

By leading the construction of a global clean fuels value chain that encompasses production, transportation, storage and utilization, MHI Group will contribute to the creation of a hydrogen society. Additionally, MHI Group’s mission includes providing the right technologies at the right time to help create a carbon-neutral world. In addition to our own technologies and products, we will promote the development of technologies through partnerships with innovative companies, to provide solutions that cover the entire value chain.

Flow image of technology development toward the realization of a hydrogen ecosystem in the international clean fuel value chain
 Flow image of technology development toward the realization of a hydrogen ecosystem in the international clean fuel value chain

Global attempts to realize a hydrogen ecosystem

In addition to leading-edge hydrogen technologies, the MHI Group has the world‘s only* gas turbine combined cycle power plant demonstration facility (T-point 2). We are involved in a wide range of clean fuels related projects around the world to stimulate large-scale demand for hydrogen use. These efforts aim to help expand the hydrogen supply chain and reduce costs in production and transport. *As of November 2021

Image showing MHI Group's efforts around the world to develop CO₂ solutions
 Image showing MHI Group's efforts around the world to develop CO₂ solutions

We also aim to establish decarbonization technologies throughout the value chain by 2030 through feasibility tests in leading markets, primarily in Europe and the United States. These efforts accompanied by the construction of a hydrogen ecosystem that encompasses production, transportation, storage and utilization, will contribute to decarbonization in a wide range of sectors.

Image of the deployment of hydrogen solutions being promoted by MHI Group toward the year 2030
Image of the deployment of hydrogen solutions being promoted by MHI Group toward the year 2030

SOLUTIONS

Biomass Adaption for CO₂ Reduction

Mitsubishi Power's biomass combustion technology flexibly accommodates all co-firing ratios, not only in newly-built power plants, but also in existing ones. Through unique conversion programs for existing, coal-fired equipment, this technology makes it possible to switch to biomass combustion within a short period of time. In addition, through the core technology of pulverizes and burners that exhibit the same level of performance as coal-fired plants, it contributes to safe and secure plant operation, even after the conversion. Leveraging its deep experience in building new biomass facilities and converting old ones for biomass use, Mitsubishi Power provides one stop solution.

Hydrogen Gas Turbine

Mitsubishi Power's hydrogen firing technology enable power plant owners to decarbonize their existing Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (GTCC) plants by converting them to hydrogen co-firing, or even 100% hydrogen firing. With a minimum of modification, Mitsubishi Power supports the transition process by identifying key preparatory and operational steps necessary to decarbonize generation plants while working with customers to create a roadmap for reducing CO₂ emissions.

H₂ Compressor

With experience manufacturing over 2,600 compressors, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been offering compressors that boost the pressure of hydrogen-rich gas using high-speed centrifugal compressor technology. To further accommodate high-purity hydrogen, MHI is working to deliver super-high speed single-shaft multi-stage (in-line) and multi-shaft multi-stage (Integrally geared) compressors. We plan to commercialize these compressors by the middle of 2020s. MHI will continue to offer optimal compressor solutions to meet the growing demand for hydrogen, in which will increase in capacity in various situations, such as production, transportation, storage, and use as we welcome a full-scale hydrogen society.