Transport-related hydrogen activities in Asia

Feb 2006

This report entails a summary of transport-related hydrogen activities in Asia, with particular reference to the following countries: Japan, China, South-Korea, Singapore and Australia.
The overall scheme of each case study is to seek information of the framework and target-setting that each national agenda has, list the main stakeholders among the government organisations, within the research and scientific community, as well as those private–sector enterprises and nongovernmental organisations that are represented.
Second main task for each case is the listing and overall description of R&D and/or promotional programmes that each country has on-going, or are from the immediate past (or future). This should entail, if available, target-setting, list of activities and budgetary framework. The achievements that each initiative has would be most important to list but as most of the activities are still in very early stages and such information appears not be readily available yet.
Predominant for this area of the world is that it mainly relies on imported oil and natural gas, and only Malaysia has some natural gas reserves. However, growth is strong in transport energy use, especially in emerging economies like China and to some extent also South Korea. Only Japan has managed to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Therefore, the possibility of introducing introduce renewable energy in the form of hydrogen is a strong impetus in many of these initiatives and efforts.

By: Juhani Laurikko (VTT) - Premia

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