Western Australia has always played to its economic strengths.
With its abundance of natural resources, vast lands and cutting-edge technological knowledge, it is no surprise that WA is at the forefront of Australia’s evolving hydrogen industry.
The Australian Government’s Special Adviser on Low Emission Technology Dr Alan Finkel is passionate about the growing potential of hydrogen as a flexible, safe, transportable and storable fuel.
“The speed of change is amazing,” Mr. Finkel said.
“About four years ago the sound of hydrogen was a murmur; the sound of a bubbling stream.
“Now it’s a roar.”
Hydrogen can power our vehicles, generate electricity, produce heat and produce products such as fertilizers, plastics and explosives. When used, hydrogen produces no carbon emissions – only water.
The Australian Government is investing more than $ 1.2 billion in the National Hydrogen Strategy; helping Australia become a major pure hydrogen producer and export company by 2030.
With hydrogen expected to be a trillion-dollar industry globally by 2050, Dr Finkel believes the export opportunities for Australian hydrogen are beyond imaginary.
HYDROGEN NBUS IN THE PILBRA
One of the priority actions in the Hydrogen Strategy is the creation of “hydrogen hubs”. The government is investing $ 464 million to create up to seven hubs that will bring together hydrogen producers, users and exporters in one location – the Pilbara region is one of seven likely locations.
They are expected to create tens of thousands of Australian jobs by 2050, not just through the hubs, but through the renewable energy construction that will support hydrogen exports.
THE PLAN OF AUSTRALIA
It is for these reasons that pure hydrogen is part of Australia’s Long-Term Emission Reduction Plan, which sets out our path to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
At the International Climate Conference in Glasgow this month Prime Minister Scott Morrison congratulated Australians on the progress we have already made; a 20 percent reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions since 2005 while the economy grew by 45 percent.
But there is more work to be done. According to the Long-Term Plan the answer lies in playing to our strengths and seizing new opportunities while continuing to serve our traditional markets.
GASCOYNE GAME CHANGE
The remote town of Denham in the Gascoyne region highlights how hydrogen is becoming a game changer for Australian communities. It is the site for Australia’s first remote micro-network.
It uses solar and renewable hydrogen generation and storage to replace diesel and will provide enough deliverable power to meet the needs of 100 residential homes.
Horizon Power CEO Stephanie Unwin said this world-leading test aims to demonstrate a future energy solution.
“By creating opportunities to work with industry to test emerging technologies such as hydrogen, we are helping to solve real challenges and also contribute to the broadening of industry’s knowledge and expertise,” Ms. Unwin said.
Pure hydrogen is one of six technologies that Australia prioritises to help us achieve a low-emission future. The others are:
- Ultra-cheap solar: making electricity cheaper so that our industries remain competitive.
- Energy storage: storing large amounts of electricity in batteries so that it can be used when and where it is needed.
- Materials with low emissions: industry will reduce emissions by producing steel and aluminum with low emission technologies.
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS): proven, safe technology that can permanently store emissions from heavy industries and can contribute to making pure hydrogen from fossil fuels.
- Affordable measurement of soil carbon: more farmers are taking steps to store carbon in their soil, making soils healthier and increasing productivity.
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