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Liquid Hydrogen Wants a Clean Energy Future

  • Australia project preparing first liquid hydrogen shipment
  • Outlook for trade in the gas remains unclear on high costs
The Suiso Frontier liquid hydrogen carrier on Jan. 21.
The Suiso Frontier liquid hydrogen carrier on Jan. 21.Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

The first ever liquid hydrogen shipment promises a new era of fuel exports for a world that’s curbing emissions, though huge challenges remain to deliver a rival to established clean energy sources.

“The opportunity is enormous,” Angus Taylor, Australia’s energy minister, said Friday as workers prepared to load a vessel with gas chilled to -253 degrees Celsius on a jetty south of Melbourne. “This is no fantasy -- there’s a ship here that will be leaving port and going to Japan to provide a product to customers.”