With this, the Bell Bay region of Tasmania will be developed into a hydrogen hub with the support of $70m from the federal government.
According to the Government, the area includes an advanced manufacturing zone, access to renewable energy, appropriate infrastructure, water availability in addition to port access to export the clean energy carrier.
This could enable the rapid scaling of the Tasmanian hydrogen industry and enable the area to become a leading region in the Australian hydrogen market.
According to the Tasmanian Liberal Government, the island is also leading the area for several renewable technologies in the nation including green hydrogen production and its integration.
As well as this, $218m will be used to develop a hydrogen hub in Port Bonython in South Australia.
The state-owned site has outstanding access to multiple renewable energy zones and boasts over 2,000 hectares of available land as well as access to an existing deepwater port comprising of a 2.4km long jetty.
Because of this, the port has been identified as an export hub for both green and blue hydrogen during development of South Australia’s hydrogen export modelling tool that enables companies to model the cost of producing and exporting hydrogen from SA.
According to Dr. Fiona Simon, CEO of the Australia Hydrogen Council, this funding showcases the commitment Australia is making in regards to hydrogen, “This will be a real shot in the arm for both states’ employment and exports prospects.
“Continuing collaboration by the States and Territories and the Commonwealth is now an imperative.
“We look forward to the development of a regulatory framework and national standards to put the hydrogen economy on a commercial footing.”
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