Bold ideas to map future for renewable hydrogen in WA

by WA Government News | Sep 03, 2018
  • Western Australia in a prime position to become home to a job-creating renewable hydrogen sector, meeting strong demand from Asian neighbours
  • Conference gathers leading minds on renewable hydrogen
  • Renewable Hydrogen Council to work with industry to shape the future for a new sector for Western Australia

The McGowan Government will establish a council to drive opportunities for a 21st century renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia.

More than 300 national and international delegates have come together in Perth today at the State's Renewable Hydrogen Conference, at the invitation of the Western Australian Government.

Hydrogen is a clean-burning fuel, and when made using renewable energy it is a carbon free fuel from production to utilisation. It can be used in a range of industries - including transport and electricity generation - but can also be stored and exported.

Western Australia has enormous potential for the development of a renewable hydrogen industry with its vast available land and renewable energy resources.

With key international markets such as Japan and Korea choosing a substantial role for hydrogen in their future energy mix, the opportunities for WA to export its renewable energy via hydrogen are potentially significant.

Exploration of the opportunities for hydrogen will be driven by the Renewable Hydrogen Council, which will comprise of experts from the private and public sectors to provide guidance on ways to progress the industry, and maximise benefits to the State and jobs for Western Australians.

Delegates at today's conference will hear from Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel on his vision for hydrogen in Australia's future and from the CSIRO on the National Hydrogen Roadmap, released last week.

Read more via the media statement.

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