Hydrogen updates February-March

April 7, 2020

Hydrogen updates February-March

There has been a lot happening in hydrogen, even with the disruptions from COVID-19. We provide ongoing updates on social media; the examples below collect the material from the past few weeks.

  • ARENA held information sessions about its $70m funding round in February and March. The slides and further information are here.
  • CEFC and ARENA held a renewable hydrogen roundtable this month. A brief report from the event is here.
  • The Tasmanian Government launched a Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan with a funding package of $50 million to encourage investment in the hydrogen industry.
  • NSW announced a 10-year plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Under the proposed plan, the NSW Government will establish a Hydrogen Program that will help the scale-up of hydrogen as an energy source and feedstock. Included in the plan is a target of blending up to 10% hydrogen in the gas network by 2030.
  • The South Australian Government released a tender for $1m hydrogen export study, modelling tool and prospectus. The Invitation to Supply documents are available via the South Australian Tenders and Contracts website here.
  • In his keynote address at a CEDA function, the Federal Energy Minister spoke about the release of the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap later in the year. Minister Taylor also spoke about the goal of “H2 under 2”, which is hydrogen at or under $2 per kilogram.
  • Hazer Group announced it has executed a binding funding agreement with ARENA to support the design, procurement, construction and operation of the Hazer Process Commercial Demonstration Project.
  • AGIG announced $1.28m ARENA backing for AGN to establish the Australian Hydrogen Centre, which intends to explore the feasibility of blending hydrogen into natural gas networks. Other Centre Founding Members include AusNet Services, ENGIE and Neoen.
  • AGIG also announced that AGN will trial the injection of renewable hydrogen into Gladstone’s main gas network.
  • BHP, Fortescue, Anglo American and Hatch announced the establishment of a green hydrogen consortium to tackle the mining industry’s carbon emissions.
  • Woodside announced it has joined a Japanese consortium to study exporting carbon-neutral hydrogen.
  • BloombergNEF released a new report showing that domestic opportunities for hydrogen are strong. BNEF found that renewable hydrogen could be produced for US80¢ ($1.30) to $US1.60 a kilogram in most parts of the world before 2050. A summary of the report is here.