To support our future energy needs the world needs clean, flexible, storable and safe fuels. Hydrogen has all of these characteristics. As a fuel it produces no carbon emissions, only water.
We can use it:
- to blend with (or replace) natural gas for homes, industry and cooking
- for fuel cells to generate electricity to power cars, trucks, buses and trains
- to store energy and generate electricity for mining sites and remote communities
- as an industrial chemical feedstock for products such as ammonia, fertiliser and steel
- to trade clean energy with other countries.
Australia has an abundance of natural resources to make clean hydrogen for our own use and to supply the world.
Our vision is to build a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians.
Prioritising hydrogen to reduce emissions
The State of Hydrogen 2021 report provides an update of our progress so far. It shows that Australia is making significant progress on the priority actions in the National Hydrogen Strategy.
Partnering internationally to supply hydrogen
We are setting the foundations for Australia to be a major hydrogen exporter. We are doing this by partnering with other countries to attract investment, build supply chains and advance research and development.
- investing in new hydrogen initiatives with Germany as we explore hydrogen supply chain possibilities. These initiatives include HyGATE, a hydrogen project incubator co-led by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
- working to accelerate low emissions technologies with Singapore. This includes maritime and port operations
- supporting exports to Japan through the Australian Clean Hydrogen Trade Program as part of our partnership to decarbonise through technology. We cooperate on hydrogen fuel cells and a world-first clean liquefied hydrogen export pilot project
- strengthening research connections and knowledge exchange through the Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program
- cooperating with the United Kingdom on research and development across low emissions technologies, including clean hydrogen
- collaborating on research into hydrogen supply chains under the Australia–Republic of Korea low and zero emissions technology partnership. Clean hydrogen is a focus of new deals under the partnership
- working with India to drive down the cost of ultra low cost solar and clean hydrogen
- promoting hydrogen safety best practice as a member of the US Center for Hydrogen Safety
- supporting the Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology to engage with international partners.
Guarantee of Origin scheme
We are working with industry to design and develop an internationally consistent Guarantee of Origin scheme for Australia.
The scheme will support a future trade in clean hydrogen by informing customers about the:
- emissions associated with the hydrogen they buy
- source and type of technology used in its manufacture.
The trials also draw on our work with the International Partnership on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE). Through the IPHE, we are working with other countries on methods to determine the carbon emissions from hydrogen production.
Creating clean hydrogen industrial hubs in regional Australia
The National Hydrogen Strategy supports the creation of hydrogen hubs. Hubs are regions where hydrogen users, producers and potential exporters are co-located. This lowers infrastructure needs and reduces costs, making the hub model an efficient approach to producing hydrogen at scale and increasing demand.
The Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program supports industry to develop 7 hubs in regional Australia.
Improving hydrogen regulation
We are reviewing Australia’s regulatory frameworks to better support hydrogen industry development and safety.
This includes working with state and territory governments to:
- review federal, state and territory laws that affect the hydrogen industry
- identify regulatory barriers to hydrogen projects in Australia
- recommend ways to address these barriers, including regulatory reform.
We will consult industry as part of this review. You can also provide feedback on hydrogen regulation by emailing HydrogenRegulatoryReview@industry.gov.au.
Helping Australians understand hydrogen
We are looking at ways to improve community awareness of hydrogen.
This will help Australians understand:
- the benefits and risks of hydrogen
- how to use hydrogen safely
- the benefits of a strong Australian hydrogen industry, including economic opportunities and lower carbon emissions.
Progressing the hydrogen industry
We are also:
- completing a National Hydrogen Infrastructure Assessment
- reviewing national gas laws and considering the economics of using hydrogen in gas networks
- providing support for hydrogen pilots, trials and demonstrations
- working with CSIRO to support the Australian Hydrogen Researcher Network (AHRN) and collaboration on hydrogen R&D, including the HyResearch website
- mapping future hydrogen workforce needs.
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- State of Hydrogen 2021 reports on Australia’s hydrogen industry and compares it to the rest of the world
- Discover hydrogen projects around Australia with CSIRO’s HyResource website
- Explore the latest hydrogen research on the CSIRO’s HyResearch website
- Read reports that informed development of the National Hydrogen Strategy
- Search hydrogen production regions in Australia using Geoscience Australia’s interactive tool (for best results use Chrome or Firefox)
- Watch videos about Australia’s hydrogen potential and developing our hydrogen strategy
- Read the hydrogen standards developed by Standards Australia