National Hydrogen Strategy
On 22 November 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council endorsed a National Hydrogen Strategy.
The National Hydrogen Strategy was developed by a Taskforce led by Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel. It sets out actions for the development of a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry, as well as development signals against scenarios and measures of success.
The 57 joint action by Australian governments are themed around seven areas:
- National coordination
- Developing production capacity, supported by local demand
- Responsive regulation
- International engagement
- Innovation and R&D
- Skills and workforce
- Community confidence
The actions consider hydrogen in relation to exports, transport, industrial use, gas networks, electricity systems, and cross-cutting issues such as safety, skills, and environmental impacts.
In support of the Strategy, the Taskforce also launched AusH2 – the Australian Hydrogen Opportunities Tool. AusH2 allows users to search for potential hydrogen production sites using powerful and customisable geospatial data capability. The link below is to a beta version.
Premier Steven Marshall released South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan in late September 2019. The plan sets out twenty actions across five key areas to help scale-up renewable hydrogen production for export and domestic consumption.
The five areas are:
- Facilitate investments in hydrogen infrastructure
- Establish a world class regulatory framework
- Deepen trade relationships and supply capabilities
- Foster innovation and workforce skills development
- Integrate hydrogen into the SA energy system
In May 2019, the Queensland Government released the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024. The strategy focuses on:
- supporting innovation
- facilitating private sector investment
- ensuring an effective policy framework
- building community awareness and confidence
- facilitating skills development for new technology.
The strategy includes a $15 million industry development fund to support hydrogen projects in Queensland.
The Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy was launched by the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC on Thursday, 18 July 2019.
The Strategy sets out the State Government's strategic areas of focus for the development of the industry in Western Australia:
- Remote applications
- Hydrogen blending in natural gas networks
The Victorian Government is developing a Green Hydrogen Industry Development Plan. It currently has a Victorian Hydrogen Investment Program (VHIP) that develops the potential for green hydrogen technologies to grow.
On 21 November 2019, the Victorian Government released a Green Hydrogen Discussion Paper, with submissions closing 5 February 2020.
Victoria also has the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) is a world-first pilot project to safely and efficiently produce and transport clean hydrogen from Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, Australia to Japan.
The project could potentially bring billions of dollars of international investment to the Victoria and Australia, create a significant number of jobs across the pilot and commercial phase construction and operations and position Australia as a global leader in the supply of clean hydrogen energy.
The Tasmanian Government has outlined its vision and a suite of actions to develop a renewable hydrogen industry in Tasmania. The Draft Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan was released on the 20th of November 2019, for consultation until Friday, 10 January 2020. The final strategy is expected to be released in early 2020.
The Government’s vision is for Tasmania to become a leader in large-scale renewable hydrogen production and a significant global supplier of renewable hydrogen by 2030.
Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise Hydro Tasmania also released a paper: Tasmania’s ‘green hydrogen’ opportunity - Tasmania’s unique advantage as a ‘green hydrogen’ development zone.