Industry experts join forces to discuss Australia’s hydrogen future

Hydrogen experts from around the country have gathered in Brisbane to brainstorm ideas to help build a hydrogen economy in Australia.

In a potentially drastic development for the automotive industry, experts from the gas, electricity and transport industries explored ideas to expand the number of potential renewable hydrogen projects in Australia.

One topic of discussion over the two-day event was Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). With FCEV technology slow to take off globally, ways of improving the viability of the technology have been highly sought after.

Hydrogen-power presents many advantages to fuel-powered vehicles, due to the reduced impact on the environment compared to fuel burning vehicles, as well as the abundance of the resource on earth.

The hydrogen FCEV technology was also floated as a potential energy source for bus fleets and mining trucks among other vehicles, making hydrogen generation very appealing.

Over the two-day event, participants broke up into small groups to discuss and develop project ideas that were pitched to executive employees from ARENA, who provided thought and guidance on how to improve upon these ideas.

Matt Walden, Investment director at ARENA, was in attendance for the duration of the event, and said Hydrogen had the potential to change the future of the electricity, gas and transport sectors in Australia.

“As other countries look to hydrogen as the fuel of the future to help them transition to a low carbon economy, there is expected to be significant growth in demand for renewable hydrogen globally. This presents a huge export opportunity for Australia,” said Walden.

“To get there, we need to build up our domestic renewable hydrogen industry which will involve scaling up production, creating new supply and value chains, building skills and capacity among a new workforce and finding consumers who can be the end users in Australia.

“A lot of the focus at the moment is on the longer term opportunity. Our focus is on what do we do in the immediate future to get there, what is the next step or the first step?”.

The next innovation lab hosted by ARENA will be a three-day event held in Sydney from 11-13 September. The focus of this event will be energy innovation.

Original source: Arenawire | A-lab takes steps towards green hydrogen economy

6 Aug 2019