The world's first demonstration terminal for the storing and unloading of liquefied hydrogen (Hy touch Kobe) has been built on Kobe Airport Island, off the coast of Kobe City, by the CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (known as HySTRA). In Hy touch Kobe, the pilot project will demonstrate brown coal gasification, hydrogen refining and liquefying in Australia, marine transportation of liquefied hydrogen from Australia to Japan, and unloading and storing of liquefied hydrogen in Japan to realize the CO2-free hydrogen energy supply chain. The facility has the largest liquefied hydrogen storage tank (2,250 m3 capacity) in Japan; it can stably store cryogenic liquefied hydrogen at −253°C with a volume reduced to 1/800 of its original volume and a loading arm system that can transfer hydrogen from a marine carrier to the hydrogen storage tank while maintaining the temperature at −253°C. In the hydrogen storage tank, in particular, a vacuum insulated double-walled structure was adopted based on Kawasaki’s liquefied hydrogen storage technology at JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center rocket launch facilities and succeeded in achieving the ultimate in thermal insulation performance. Further, under the New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (known as NEDO) - subsidized project, a co-generation system with 1 MW hydrogen gas turbine generator fueled by hydrogen and natural gas has been constructed on Kobe Port Island, adjacent to Kobe Airport Island. Hydrogen burns seven times faster than natural gas and has a high combustion temperature, so it is necessary to solve the problems of fuel nozzle burnout, unstable combustion, and increased NOx emission. The hydrogen gas turbine generator has solved these problems by improving the fuel nozzle and combustion technology and has realized the world's first simultaneous supply of power and heat to nearby facilities by burning 100% hydrogen in an urban area. In this tour, you will be able to experience the first step toward realizing a hydrogen society by seeing these cutting-edge hydrogen supply facilities and listening to the real voices of the technical staff.
This tour will conclude with a visit to the Hakushika Memorial Museum of Sake (Sake Museum). The Sake Museum is located in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. Surrounded by Mt. Rokko and the Seto Inland Sea, the city lies in the eastern part of Nadagogo, the largest sake brewing region in Japan. Since the Edo period (1603–1867), Nishinomiya has prospered thanks to the sake industry, and sake brewers helped to develop the infrastructure of the city and its art and culture as well. Here, the development of the region was and is deeply connected to the history of sake brewing. The Sake Museum was established in 1982, and the museum utilizes an old sake brewery that brings the city of sake of the past to life and preserves the traditional sake brewing tools that are gradually disappearing from the practice as well as historical materials related to sake. Over 1 million people have visited the museum since its opening. At the Nishinomiya City Sasabe Sakura Collection, entrusted by Nishinomiya City, you can enjoy to your heart’s content the works of art of cherry blossoms that have been capturing Japanese people’s hearts for innumerable generations. You can have new discoveries and encounters at the museum as well as relax and enjoy, where Japan’s own sake and sakura are fused together.
Photo Credit: HySTRA
Photo Credit: HySTRA