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Hydrogen: the energy resource of the future

The global energy sector is transforming. The way we make, move, store and use energy is changing quickly. In this context, Australia is taking a leading role in the development of hydrogen as a future energy resource.

Hydrogen:

  • produces no carbon dioxide emissions when used as a fuel
  • can be produced as a gas or liquid, or made part of other materials
  • can be used as fuel for transport or heating and a way to store electricity

With its abundance of the natural resources Australia is well placed to be a major hydrogen producer to power its own economy and those of its international partners.

Find more information here or subscribe to the Australian Hydrogen News.

National Hydrogen Strategy

The COAG Energy Council released the National Hydrogen Strategy to establish Australia’s hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030.
The National Hydrogen Strategy:

  • considers future scenarios with wide ranging growth possibilities
  • outlines how governments and industry will to work together towards building a large-scale hydrogen industry
  • takes an adaptive approach to allow for future growth and emerging scenarios

The strategy is committed to ensuring Australia’s hydrogen industry is safe for the environment, community, emergency services and industry.

Australia and Germany join forces on hydrogen

In September 2020, Australia and Germany joined forces in developing renewable hydrogen as a clean source of energy with the potential to lower carbon emissions. 

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham signed a joint declaration of intent with Germany’s Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek for a joint feasibility study to investigate the supply chain between the two countries on hydrogen produced from renewable energy.

The joint feasibility study will span production, storage, transport and use of renewable hydrogen. It will also assess current technology and research, and identify barriers for the development of a hydrogen industry.

Learn more about the study here.

Towards a global hydrogen market: Our expert webinar

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The Australian Embassy Berlin and the Australian Mission to the EU jointly hosted an expert webinar: "Toward a Global Hydrogen Market" on Monday, 14 September at 0930 CEST // 1730 AEST.
Panellists included:
•    Australian Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel (@ScienceChiefAu) 
•    Chair of Economic Theory, Friedrich Alexander University, Prof Dr Veronika Grimm (@GrimmVeronika) 
•    Head of Renewables and CCS policy, DG Energy, Ms Paula Abreu Marques (@AbreuMPa) 
•    President of Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Ecosystem Director, Michelin, Ms Valérie Bouillon-Delporte (@vbouillon) 
•    Deputy Director-General for Energy and Climate Policy, German Federal Foreing Office, Dr Hinrich Thölken (@GERClimatEnergy)
•    News Editor at EURACTIV, Mr Frédéric Simon (@FredSimonEU)

Our panel of experts discussed hydrogen’s role in the global energy transition, and opportunities for growth and energy cooperation between Australia, Germany and the EU. 

You can now watch the discussion online:

 

Want to learn more about Australia’s hydrogen capabilities? Take a look at some of the additional questions by our audience members on energy and hydrogen and find the answers of Australia’s chief scientist, Dr Alan Finkel below: