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Australia: HyResource Issues Report on Hydrogen Industry Policy Initiatives and the Status of Hydrogen Projects: May 2021

By May 12, 2021 3   min read  (583 words)

May 12, 2021 |

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This May 2021 short report covers hydrogen industry policy initiatives and the status of hydrogen projects in Australia.

The HyResource site contains an extensive amount of information on key hydrogen-related organisations, policies and projects in Australia, with supporting information on New Zealand.

Complementing the ‘database’ aspects of HyResource, short reports will be published on HyResource at regular intervals (around three reports per annum). Using information contained in HyResource as reference material, these reports will address topics of interest arising from hydrogen industry developments in Australia.

This second short report continues with the main themes of the first report (published in December 2020) covering hydrogen industry policy initiatives and the status of hydrogen projects in Australia.

Introduction

HyResource, a website collaboration between National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), CSIRO, Australian Hydrogen Council and Future Fuels CRC, includes comprehensive information on key hydrogen-related organisations, policies and projects in Australia (with supporting information on New Zealand) as well as summary information on global hydrogen-specific policies and projects.

Complementing the ‘database’ aspects of HyResource, short reports are published on the HyResource site at regular intervals (targeting three reports per annum). These reports would examine specific matters of relevance to hydrogen industry development in Australia (and globally as considered relevant).

The HyResource site amounts to an extensive collection of information updated as close as possible in real time. The purpose of these short reports is, for the matters under discussion, to summarise the relevant information in HyResource and place it in a ‘consumable form’ that stakeholders can use for their own purposes and assessments.

This second report continues with the main themes of the first report and covers hydrogen industry policy initiatives and the status of hydrogen projects in Australia. A special feature briefly examines trends in hydrogen in mobility applications.

Section One summarises the key hydrogen-related policy initiatives announced in Australia since the publication of the first report in December 2020. Section Two examines the current status of the main funding, support and investment programs directly supporting hydrogen projects. Section Three summarises the current state of hydrogen projects in Australia, with emphasis on projects at the Operating, Under construction and Advanced development stages of the project life-cycle. Section Four reviews key features of global and local trends in hydrogen in mobility applications.

Section One: Current status of hydrogen industry policy initiatives1

The first short report noted that the clean hydrogen industry is enjoying considerable momentum in Australia. This momentum has continued since that report was published in December 2020, with considerable hydrogen-specific or hydrogen-supporting policy announcements across key jurisdictions in Australia.

Commonwealth Government

Regional Hydrogen Technology Clusters

In February 2021, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), one of the Industry Growth Centres funded by the Australian Government, following the conclusion of a selection process, announced a AUD$1.85 million investment in 13 regional hydrogen technology clusters across all Australian States and Territories. Along with a significant NERA contribution, the clusters benefit from a range of funding commitments from State and Territory Governments and industry financial support. The aim of these clusters is to accelerate and optimise the development of hydrogen technology and expertise within Australia.

Future Fuels Strategy and Fund

In February 2021, the Australian Government released the Future Fuels Strategy: Discussion Paper (feedback closed on 2 April 2021) on the direction and actions set out in the Paper to enable private sector deployment of low emissions road technologies at scale. The Paper identifies five priority initiatives, including ‘Electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure where it is needed’ and ‘Early focus on commercial fleets’.

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