Japan METI pushes for ammonia as maritime fuel

Concept vessel using ammonia
Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) intends to implement new fuel plans that places renewable ammonia to 30 million tonnes per year in the country’s fuel mix by 2050.

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By Michael McGrady, Maritime Direct Americas & Pacific Correspondent

METI announced new intended changes to the country’s maritime fuel mix.

By 2050, the ministry said that the intention is to include up to 30 million tonnes per year of renewable ammonia-based fuel.

This intent is to reduce emissions from legacy power systems and Japanese shipping.

The Maritime Executive reports that 20 percent of the coal supply for Japan’s coal power plants will be replaced with ammonia by 2030, intending to increase that mix to over 50 percent over time.

Ammonia-fired power plants are intended to be a part of the country’s national low-carbon power intentions.

METI, according to the same report, plans to cast a wide net to obtain a supply of treated ammonia. 

Japan intends to extract and adequately produce ammonia on a scale that covers the extent of the Australian Renewable Energy Hub through onshore wind and solar installation. 

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