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Japan And Australia Launch An Experimental Coal To Hydrogen Export Industry

Japan and Australia have taken their first steps to create new export industry which will convert the world's most polluting fuel, coal, into its cleanest, hydrogen, and ship it in liquefied form from Australia to Japan.

The $350 million experiment is based on a vast reserve of low-grade coal in Victoria, which was for decades the southern state's major source of electricity, until most of the power plants were closed because of the pollution they generated.

The coal-to-hydrogen process has its critics because it requires mining coal and the disposal of carbon dioxide produced as a by-product.

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