In a joint statement today, BHP, Anglo and Fortescue said the aim of the consortium was to identify opportunities for the development of green hydrogen technologies for the resource sector and other heavy industries and to allow suppliers and operators to participate in development activities.
The consortium would also offer them a number of opportunities to participate and/or participate in development activities, including the testing and commercialization of green fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems.
Proposed activities include research to develop technology and supply chains and pilot projects for green hydrogen technologies to mitigate and accelerate these technologies.
The companies said they were technology agnostic and were considering decarbonization to boost their operating greenhouse gas emissions. All companies participating in the consortium committed to reduce emissions from their products and to work with others, including customers and suppliers, to find solutions to emissions related to their supply chains and customers.
Western Australia minster for regional development Alannah MacTiernan said “Green hydrogen provides a real opportunity to reduce diesel consumption and decarbonize mine site operations, with potential for fuel cells to power fixed and mobile plants, mining vehicles and feedstock,”
CEO of Air Liquide and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council Benoît Potier said, “2020 marks the beginning of a new era for energy: as the potential for hydrogen to become part of our global energy system becomes a reality, we can expect fewer emissions and improved security and flexibility,”