The South Australian Government is continuing to support the transition to a low- carbon economy through a $9 million commitment centered on implementing the first stage of the State Government’s Hydrogen Roadmap.
The initiative provides $8.2 million over four years for Stage One of the roadmap, which begins with the construction of a hydrogen production facility, refuelling station and a trial involving six hydrogen-fuelled buses.
The 2017-18 State Budget also funds:
- $500,000 towards a partnership with the Adelaide City Council to support the installation of battery systems in laneway businesses to help manage power demand.
- $200,000 for 10 parking spaces with electric vehicle charging facilities.
- $75,000 for electric vehicle recharging stations.
These measures will also support the ambition to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon-neutral city.
The state’s clean and green reputation – crucial to sectors such as tourism and premium food and wine – has been achieved, in part, because of the State’s leadership in clean-energy generation and recycling.
Last year’s budget implemented reforms designed to boost the waste and resource recovery sector and improve the recycling rates.
These reforms are yielding benefits this year and have helped enable the funding of these climate-change initiatives.
Reducing emissions, improving recycling and better reusing resources are also central to achieving a more circular economy.
An independent report released in May 2017 showed that a circular economy for South Australia could result in an additional 25,700 jobs by 2030.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis
The South Australian economy – like the economy of the nation as a whole – is transitioning towards a low-carbon future.
By positioning ourselves as a leader in that transition and embracing new technology, we can ensure we are at the forefront of attracting the investment and job opportunities these new technologies bring.
We have seen that in recent months when the world’s leading battery storage companies turned their attention to investing in what we are doing with Our Energy Plan here in South Australia.
By supporting the hydrogen and electric-vehicle industries, we can also be a leading player and create jobs in these growing sectors.
Quotes attributable to Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter
Tackling climate change, improving the environment and economic growth aren’t mutually exclusive terms.
Our state has shown you can cut emissions while attracting investment and growing jobs, and this budget builds on these past successes.
These measures will help us achieve the full potential a low-carbon economy offers.
We’re backing future industries and ensuring our state benefits from the clean energy revolution happening around the world
A Hydrogen Roadmap for South Australia
Accelerating South Australia’s transition to a clean, safe and sustainable hydrogen economy.
On 8 September 2017 the South Australian Government announced A Hydrogen Roadmap for South Australia The Roadmap sets out clear pathways to capitalise on South Australia’s competitive advantages and accelerate the State’s transition to a clean, safe and sustainable producer, consumer and exporter of hydrogen.
The Roadmap was developed following close consultation with industry, Ministerial visits to South Korea and Japan and South Australia’s Green Hydrogen Study, a comprehensive techno-economic study conducted by Advisian in conjunction with Siemens and Acil Allen.
A call for proposals for hydrogen infrastructure projects under South Australia’s $150M Renewable Technology Fund has also been released. Submissions close 23 October 2017.
A call for tenders to supply at least six hydrogen fuel cell buses for use by Adelaide Metro, as well as the supporting hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure has been released. This is available via the SA Tenders website. Submissions close 9 October 2017.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in May 2017 that ‘exporting renewable energy’ in the form of hydrogen, ammonia or embodied in mineral exports, is one of its four new investment priorities.
An interactive hydrogen map has been developed as a tool to assist investors and project developers to identify potentially suitable sites in South Australia to deploy hydrogen infrastructure.
Tom Koutsantonis- Roadmap to accelerate growth of hydrogen industry in South Australia
The State Government today released a Hydrogen Roadmap designed to accelerate investment in hydrogen infrastructure and technologies in South Australia.
The Roadmap outlines how South Australia’s world-leading renewable wind and solar assets can attract international investment in hydrogen production and accelerate South Australia’s transition to a zero carbon economy.
Developed in consultation with industry, the Roadmap will help drive local demand for hydrogen in the transport and energy sectors, target overseas export markets, and establish South Australia as a testbed for cutting-edge hydrogen technology.
In tandem with the release of the Roadmap the State Government will today:
- Call for hydrogen infrastructure proposals under the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund
- Call for tenders to supply at least six hydrogen cell buses for the Adelaide Metro fleet along with supporting production and refuelling infrastructure
- Release an interactive map to provide investors and project developers with a tool to identify sites that are suitable for hydrogen infrastructure within South Australia.
Hydrogen can be produced from renewable sources such as wind or solar through a process called electrolysis. Surplus electricity from renewable generators is used in an electrolyser to split clean water into hydrogen and oxygen. That hydrogen can then be used in a hydrogen fuel cell to power vehicles in South Australia, or exported around the world.
Japan and South Korea as hosts of the next summer and winter Olympic Games are among nations aiming to transition their economies to use hydrogen as an alternative zero-carbon emitting fuel source. South Australia’s world-leading use of renewables, established trade routes and reputation as a safe exporter of fuels makes it the perfect place to advance this emerging industry.
Quotes attributable to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis
Hydrogen offers an opportunity to create a new industry in South Australia where we can export our sun and wind resources to the world.
If we move now South Australia can lead the nation in the transition to a clean, safe and sustainable hydrogen economy.
By developing this technology in South Australia, motorists will have new choices in electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles as well as the infrastructure needed to support those options.
Our Hydrogen Roadmap aims to have South Australia at the forefront of hydrogen development in this region within the next decade.
Within two years, commuters in Adelaide will be able to ride on the first of a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses using locally-produced fuel.
Within three years, South Australia will have the capacity to export its first hydrogen supplies produced using our renewable energy assets.
Within a decade South Australian motorists should be able to drive from Ceduna to Mt Gambier in a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle topping up at a state-wide network of refuelling stations.
Quotes attributable to Siemens Australia and NZ Chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly
The beauty of hydrogen is that it can be made using excess energy capacity driven by renewables and then used in a vast range of business applications. South Australia’s abundant renewable resources and renewable targets lends itself to hydrogen solutions.
The role of hydrogen as an energy vector is gaining a lot of interest globally with the advent of cheaper renewables.
If Australia can find a way to export renewable energy then we can build on our coal and gas export businesses and maintain our role well into the future as a regional energy export superpower.
Quotes attributable to Toyota Senior Executive and Director of Hydrogen Mobility Australia Bernie O’Connor
With Australia’s abundance of sun, wind and hydro we are ideally placed to transition away from a reliance on finite fossil fuels to renewable energy.
Hydrogen will play a key role as a source for stationary, distributed and transportation power generation.
Our long-term vision is a future hydrogen economy and society built upon clean and renewable energy technologies.