Port of Yokohama – Survey on hydrogen utilization for a carbon neutral port

The City of Yokohama, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation, and Yokohama Port Corporation passed NEDO’s ((New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) review and conducted together a survey on hydrogen utilization system for developing a carbon neutral port at the Port of Yokohama from June 2021 to March 2023.

In Chapter 1 of the survey the hydrogen production and procurement potential were defined based on interviews with energy companies as well as publication of information. In Chapter 2 we identified the potential for hydrogen utilization into seven categories, including industry facilities, onshore power supply, marine fuels, container handling equipment, land transport of marine containers, energy management systems using fuel cells, and storage and supply via pipeline. Chapter 3 of the survey studied the economic efficiency and the GHG reduction effect. Based on the outcomes, a pathway was defined towards the future transition of Japan’s energy supply structure towards carbon neutrality in 2050, as well as a portfolio of respective initiatives and projects at the Port of Yokohama.

Now, the Port of Yokohama is working on the formation of Local Networks to create large-scale next-generation energy demand and Overseas Ports Networks to establish a Green Shipping Corridor. As for individual initiatives, the introduction of EV-Tugboat, Ammonia-Tugboat, and FC ready RTG has begun. Through opportunities such as this survey, the Port of Yokohama will continue to cultivate good relationships with the private sector to create innovation and promote projects.