Tasmania Eyes Green Hydrogen Leadership: Is a Global Force Emerging?

By June 30, 2023 3   min read  (486 words)

June 30, 2023 |

Tasmanian Hydrogen

The naturally stunning landscape of Tasmania is looking to harness its environmental blessings for a leading role in the global green hydrogen sector.

A collaborative study by the Tasmanian Government and the Rotterdam Port Authority has spotlighted Tasmania as a prospective green hydrogen behemoth, boasting optimal conditions for production, local consumption, and export. The study draws a roadmap for Tasmania to emerge as a green hydrogen exporter by the year 2030, with its primary market being the Port of Rotterdam – Europe’s largest energy import hub.

As Europe aims to reduce its reliance on Russian fossil fuels, the demand for green hydrogen is set to soar. The study estimates that Europe will need 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen annually, a considerable demand that Tasmania is well-positioned to fulfil. Despite the physical distance between Tasmania’s Bell Bay and Rotterdam, the study asserts that Tasmanian hydrogen could comfortably compete on the forthcoming Rotterdam HyXchange trading platform.

Whilst the Tasmanian Government acknowledges the potential export opportunities, it underscores the importance of green hydrogen’s local application for the benefit of Tasmanian residents and the environment. Currently, five sizeable hydrogen projects are underway in the Bell Bay region, requiring swift scale-up and infrastructure enhancement. The study also highlights the government’s plan to boost offshore wind power generation in the Bass Strait to further Tasmania’s green energy aspirations.

One of the key projects making headway in Tasmania is Line Hydrogen’s green hydrogen venture in Bell Bay. With a solar off-take agreement secured, Line Hydrogen plans to begin production in late 2023 or early 2024. This $100 million project aims to produce over 1,200 kilograms of green hydrogen each day for several local sectors, including transport and mining, using power generated by the nearby Bell Bay Solar Farm, a Climate Capital development.

Bell Bay is shaping up to be a critical nexus for green hydrogen initiatives. Bell Bay Powerfuels, a partnership between Abel Energy and Iberdrola Australia, is advancing plans for a 240 MW green hydrogen and green methanol production facility. Additionally, Countrywide Hydrogen, a subsidiary of ReNu Energy, has expressed intentions to develop a 10 MW facility. Industry giants like Fortescue Future Industries, Woodside, and Origin are also investigating potential hydrogen production ventures in Bell Bay.

With the findings from the joint feasibility study with the Rotterdam Port Authority, Tasmania’s vision to become a green hydrogen exporter by 2030 stands on solid ground. Blessed with an ideal environment for production and export, Tasmania is poised to play a crucial role in Europe’s energy transition. The progress of the Line Hydrogen project in Bell Bay, along with other upcoming ventures, further cements the region’s growing reputation as a hotbed for green hydrogen production. As Tasmania strides forward in its green energy journey, the promise of a cleaner, sustainable future for the state and the global community grows ever closer.

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