Japan Pursues Renewable Energy Exports from Arctic

Norwegian and Japanese companies are teaming up to pursue interests in energy exports from the Arctic in the form of a clean renewable energy resource, wind energy. An article from the Alaska Dispatch News reviews Norwegian and Japanese efforts to take advantage of potential renewable resources in the Arctic.

Norwegian and Japanese companies are interested in the possibilities for export of energy from Norway to Japan in the form of hydrogen by using the “Power-to-gas” technology.

The Norwegian research organization SINTEF is now making a preparatory study of the possibilities of export of wind power from Finnmark to Japan. Siemens and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have been involved in the prestudy. Siemens also believes that hydrogen is the best alternative for storage of large amounts of renewable energy, while Kawasaki has the technology to transport hydrogen in tankers and to process it for the energy market in Japan, according to Teknisk Ukeblad.

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