An economically-sustainable hydrogen (H2) industry could soon be on the cards according to a blueprint released by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, which found that cost competitiveness is firmly on the horizon.
The National Hydrogen Roadmap sets out a path to develop the action and investment plans required to realise the full benefits of a H2 economy. H2 can service multiple markets and if produced using low-emissions energy sources, will enable deep decarbonisation across the energy and industrial sectors.
Roadmap findings include:
CSIRO CEO Dr. Larry Marshall described the Roadmap as a unique opportunity, “Australia has a unique and urgent opportunity to turn significant natural resources, including coal, gas, and renewables like solar and wind energy, into a low-emissions energy product and ship it around the world – in some cases literally exporting Aussie sunshine.”
“CSIRO is at the forefront of innovation with our partners in industry, government and the research sector, like our recently developed, world-first membrane to separate H2 from ammonia for fuel cell vehicles.”
“This National Hydrogen Roadmap provides a blueprint for growing Australia’s H2 industry through coordinated investment to be globally competitive.”
CSIRO H2 Future Science Platform Director Dr. Patrick Hartley said industry interest was evident, “We’ve established a strong network of partners and collaborators that support current, practical research and technology development initiatives right across the hydrogen energy value chain.”
“And while much of the required technology is at a mature stage, there is considerable scope for further R&D to further improve process efficiencies and develop new applications.”
The national science agency consulted broadly to develop the Roadmap, which was sponsored by 21 industry and government bodies.