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Growing Australia's hydrogen industry

To support our future energy needs the world needs clean, flexible, storable and safe fuels. Hydrogen has all of these characteristics. As a fuel it produces no carbon emissions, only water.

We can use it to:

  • power vehicles
  • generate electricity and produce heat
  • make products like fertilisers, plastics and explosives.

Australia has an abundance of natural resources to make clean hydrogen for our own use and to supply the world.

Our vision is to build a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians. We aim to grow our hydrogen industry and position Australia as a major player by 2030 through Australia's National Hydrogen Strategy.

The Australian Government is investing $1.2 billion into building a hydrogen industry.

Prioritising hydrogen to reduce emissions

Hydrogen is a priority low emissions technology for Australia. Producing clean hydrogen under $2 per kilogram (H2 under 2) is a priority stretch goal under the government’s 2020 Low Emissions Technology Statement.

Partnering internationally to supply hydrogen

We are setting the foundations for Australia to be a major hydrogen exporter. We are doing this by partnering with other countries to attract investment, build supply chains and advance research and development.

This includes:

Certifying hydrogen production

Australia is designing and developing an internationally consistent Guarantee of Origin certification scheme for Australia.

Through the International Partnership on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, we work with other countries to agree on methods for determining carbon emissions associated with hydrogen production.

We ran a survey on certification in 2020 and released a discussion paper in 2021.

Responses to the paper will help us develop a trial Guarantee of Origin hydrogen certification scheme for Australia.

Creating clean hydrogen industrial hubs in regional Australia

The National Hydrogen Strategy supports the creation of hydrogen hubs. Hubs are regions where hydrogen users, producers and potential exporters are co-located. This makes the hub model an efficient approach to producing hydrogen at scale and increasing demand.

The Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program will support industry to develop 7 hubs in regional Australia. There are 2 grant opportunities under the program:

Progressing the hydrogen industry

We are also:

  • completing a National Hydrogen Infrastructure Assessment
  • reviewing Australia’s legal frameworks to better support hydrogen industry development and safety
  • completing activities to support the addition of hydrogen in our gas networks, from reviewing national gas laws to considering the economics of blending and use of up to 100% hydrogen in gas networks
  • providing support for hydrogen pilots, trials and demonstrations
  • collaborating with CSIRO to support our newly formed Australian Hydrogen Researcher Network (AHRN)
  • doing research to inform community engagement
  • mapping future hydrogen workforce needs 
  • developing an annual State of Hydrogen report.

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Last updated: 18 October 2021

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