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JERA and IHI Move Up the Start of Large-Volume Co-firing of Fuel Ammonia in the Demonstration Project at Hekinan Thermal Power Station

-May 31, 2022-

Press Release

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Since FY 2021, JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) and IHI Corporation (“IHI”) have been conducting, under the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) grant program, a demonstration project to establish technology for the large-volume co-firing of fuel ammonia at the Hekinan Thermal Power Station (the “Project”).

The Project is an important one that could be the first step toward rapid decarbonization at low cost for countries like Japan that need thermal power generation. Therefore, in order to establish the technology as quickly as possible, JERA and IHI have been working to shorten the installation period for the burners, tank, pipes, and other equipment required for the Project. With these adjustments complete, and in light of the steady progress made by the Project, JERA and IHI have decided to move up the start of large-volume co-firing of fuel ammonia (20% of heating value) at Unit 4 of the power station by approximately 1 year, to FY 2023. 

JERA and IHI will continue to place the highest priority on safety while moving steadily forward through the steps of the Project with the goal of establishing CO₂ reduction technology for thermal power stations. 

Under its “JERA Zero CO₂ Emissions 2050” objective, JERA has been working to reduce CO₂ emissions from its domestic and overseas businesses to zero by 2050, promoting the adoption of greener fuels, and pursuing thermal power that does not emit CO₂ during power generation. JERA will continue to contribute to energy industry decarbonization through its own proactive efforts to develop decarbonization technologies while ensuring economic rationality. 

IHI is actively promoting the development of hydrogen- and ammonia-utilization technologies and the establishment of related supply chains. IHI is also contributing to the realization of a CO₂-free and recycling-oriented society by offering a variety of solutions for achieving carbon neutrality such as carbon recycling technologies for the effective use of CO₂.
  

Reference 1: Project Site at the Hekinan Thermal Power Station (Hekinan City, Aichi Prefecture)
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Reference 2: Project Schedule 
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Reference 3: JERA and IHI to Start a Demonstration Project Related to Ammonia Co-firing at a Large-Scale Commercial Coal-Fired Power Plant (announced 24 May 2021) 

Reference 4: JERA and IHI Start Small-Volume Co-firing of Fuel Ammonia at Hekinan Thermal Power Station Unit 5 (announced 6 October 2021)

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