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NGK and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop hydrogen purification system

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Global Hydrogen Review,

NGK Insulatort, LTD. (NGK) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will develop a hydrogen purification system that uses membrane separation to purify from hydrogen-nitrogen mixture gas after ammonia cracking.

The companies expect the technology to contribute to the establishment of a hydrogen and ammonia supply chain enabling high-volume transport.

This joint project aims to build an optimal system for purifying hydrogen using membrane separation from the mixed gas of hydrogen and nitrogen generated during from the ammonia cracking gas. MHI will contribute its significant global expertise delivering ammonia plants and other chemical plants, and its technologies for handling ammonia and hydrogen. NGK will contribute its deep knowledge of sub nano ceramic membrane technology and unique film deposition technology developed in the fields of chemical processes and water purification, namely, the world's largest ceramic membranes, which are known for their exceptional separation accuracy and durability. MHI and NGK are committed to driving the development forward, aiming to achieve early commercialisation.

Ammonia is garnering attention today as a hydrogen carrier that enables safe transport and storage of hydrogen, a fuel that emits no CO2 when combusted, in large volumes over great distances. Plans to establish supply chains are underway worldwide, notably in Europe, while in Japan a 'Fuel Ammonia Supply Chain Establishment' project is in progress. This market is expected to grow in the years ahead.

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