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Wind Hunter ~Shape the future with wind and hydrogen~

Technology / Service Summary

What if we could build a ship that could transport cargo across the globe without needing any fueling? What if we could make the zero-emissions vessel to reduce GHG? This is MOL Wind Hunter project.


In addition to the sail technology of the Wind Challenger project, the project is exploring the construction of a hydrogen supply chain that combines electricity generation through underwater turbines during sailing, hydrogen produce through water electrolysis, and the utilization of hydrogen carriers and fuel cells. This aims to supply the stored hydrogen in the hydrogen carriers for onshore consumption.


In the current maritime industry, a linear consumption model is prevalent, where fossil fuels are extracted, used, and discarded. In contrast, the Wind Hunter utilizes wind power for propulsion, and the remaining toluene, after dehydrogenation of methylcyclohexane (MCH) produced, can be reused. Wind power is a clean and renewable energy source that does not involve extraction or disposal. By continuously reusing the toluene remaining after dehydrogenation of MCH, the Wind Hunter achieves a circular economy in the maritime industry.


Through the development of the Wind Hunter, we discover new opportunities for vessel utilization beyond mere transportation, as a green hydrogen produce vessel that utilizes wind power to "produce" clean energy fuel. By utilizing ships to produce and supply hydrogen at the demand locations, this technology has the potential to become a self-contained clean energy supply source in various regions. We aim for the widespread adoption of this technology to serve as a stepping stone for building hydrogen supply chains worldwide.

Controlled Substance

Applicable Regions / Countries

  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • Central/South Asia
  • China/ East Asia
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Central/South America
  • ASEAN countries

    Indonesia,Cambodia,Singapore,Thailand,Philippines,Brunei Darussalam,Viet Nam,Malaysia,Myanmar,Lao PDR

Related SDGs Goals

  • 13. Climate Action

Wind Hunter ~Shape the future with wind and hydrogen~