Hydrogen production regions in Australia

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24 September 2019

A new report by Geoscience Australia identifies and maps the regions in Australia that have high potential for hydrogen production.

Australia has the potential to become a leading global supplier, and these maps show:

  • every state and territory has regions that are highly prospective for hydrogen production
  • over 200,000 square kilometres of land is highly prospective for renewables based hydrogen production

The study considered low emissions hydrogen production methods, including:

  • hydrogen production from electrolysis using renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydro
  • fossil fuel-derived hydrogen coupled with carbon capture and storage (CSS)

These production methods require proximity to different resources. Renewable energy resources, grid access and water are important for electrolysis; gas, coal, water and carbon storage sites are critical for CCS hydrogen.

The report analyses hydrogen production potential for different scenarios based on access to resources and existing infrastructure. It also highlights the need to develop additional infrastructure and technology to unlock Australia’s full potential.

Geoscience Australia prepared the report to inform the National Hydrogen Strategy. It is currently developing an online tool that will enable potential investors, state governments and other stakeholders to assess regions in more detail.

Read the full report and maps on the Geoscience Australia website or access the report data set.

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