Australia and Germany join forces on green hydrogen

Australia’s Tasmanian Government has signed a Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) with the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, in Germany, to collaborate on the development of green hydrogen.

The JDI identifies key priority areas for cooperation between the countries, including research, innovation and development, hydrogen and wind energy industry and business development, remote applications, climate change adaptation and hydrogen export/import opportunities.

Commenting on the agreement, Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy and Renewables, said, “Strengthening Tasmania’s cooperation with international partners like Bremen in the field of green hydrogen development is in line with actions under the Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan and the Tasmanian Green Hydrogen International Engagement and Export Strategy.”

The Tasmania Renewable Hydrogen Action plan outlines the vision to become a leader in large scale green hydrogen by 2030 to meet both domestic and export demand.

According to Barnett, these priority areas will help the region establish international supply chains to advance its economy, skills and hydrogen technologies.

“The Tasmanian Government knows that Tasmania is well placed, with our 100% renewable electricity, abundant water supplies and excellent port infrastructure to seize these important opportunities with international partners.”

The Tasmanian government said Bremen and its port city Bremerhaven have a hydrogen agenda that reflects the state’s green hydrogen vision.

“A close exchange of knowledge and experience with Tasmania in the field of research, innovation and development will achieve this,” said Kristina Vogt, Bremen senator for economic affairs, ports and transformation.

“Notably, Tasmania is clearly committed to green hydrogen. Global collaboration is needed to achieve a green energy transition.”

“Our partnership can therefore be another building block for an extremely positive development of the hydrogen economy in Northern Germany.

The JDI with Bremen follows two green hydrogen memoranda of understanding signed with the region of Flanders, Belgium in 2022 and with the Port of Rotterdam in 2021.

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