New Zealand to partner with Japan on hydrogen

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Words: Nile Bijoux
24 Oct 2018

New Zealand and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to push ahead on hydrogen power for the transport sector.

The cooperation agreement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry was signed in Tokyo on October 23. Inking the paperwork were Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods, and Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister.

“This memorandum helps signal New Zealand’s interest in working in partnership with Japan to develop hydrogen technology as we move towards a low carbon economy.

“I consider hydrogen as one of the potential tools that will help assist us to reduce global emissions.

“New Zealand has an abundance of renewable energy that could be used to produce hydrogen as a next-generation fuel in a sustainable way.

“There is already cooperation between New Zealand and Japan in this space, with the planned construction of a pilot hydrogen production plant between Japan’s Obayashi Corporation and Tuaropaki Trust in Taupō using geothermal energy.

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