19 Nov 2020
Hydrogen – the silver bullet in Australia’s future energy mix
It has been a big week for hydrogen in Australia. Starting off with the launch of Australia’s first hydrogen conference with more than 60 speakers from across the globe including the Hon. Angus Taylor MP and Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Alan Finkel; and boosted mid-week with Prime Minister, Scott Morrison highlighting Australia’s hydrogen export potential in a meeting with new Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga. With the Australian Hydrogen Council wrapping up its conference today, the message is being heard loud and clear. Hydrogen will be an essential part of Australia’s future energy mix and has a unique combination of advantages to influence and drive the global hydrogen economy. The conference heard from an array of international hydrogen experts from Germany, France, Korea, New Zealand and the United States. With many of Australia’s international trading partners moving to net zero emissions, hydrogen presents an opportunity for Australia to capitalise on its wind and solar capacity, its existing trading relationships and technical expertise. The aim of the conference was for the industry to collaborate, share information and develop relationships at this crucial stage in the green hydrogen industry. How do we understand policies, educate communities and crack the nut of this pre commercial phase? Bringing down cost for large scale deployment has been a theme running through the conference and the Australian Hydrogen Council has called for a 2030 target date for Australia to reach its H2 under $2 target. Congratulations to the Australian Hydrogen Council and everyone involved in making it a success. We are delighted to have been a part of it.