International clean hydrogen developers will be able to double up on subsidies when selling into Japan, with the Asian country willing to subsidise batches of imported H2 that have already received production subsidies from places such as the US, EU, India, Australia and the UK, a senior government official tells Hydrogen Insight.

However, the “strike prices” to be handed out for each kilogram of low-carbon hydrogen under the forthcoming Contracts for Difference scheme have not yet been determined by the Japanese government. And those available for imported H2 could end up being lower than the amounts given to local producers, said Shinichi Kihara, director-general of international policy on carbon neutrality at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), in an interview on the sidelines of last week’s Hydrogen Americas Summit in Washington D.C.

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