Australian-Japanese pilot project launched to convert coal to hydrogen


A world-first initiative which will build a pilot plant to produce hydrogen (H2) from Australian brown coal for export to Japan has launched its pilot phase.

The Australian, Japanese and Victorian governments have joined forces with a consortium of leading energy and infrastructure companies to create the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project. By working together, all partners hope to put Australia and Japan at the forefront of H2 technologies.

After several years of collective efforts, HESC has announced today the pilot phase of the project is ready to move from concept to reality. It will demonstrate the viability of producing H2, in Victoria, for export to Japan. The first shipment of H2 from the pilot is scheduled for 2020 to 2021.

If the pilot phase is successful, the HESC project will enter its commercial phase in the 2030s. This multi-billion dollar investment will establish an integrated supply chain for environmentally sustainable H2, produced from Victorian brown coal, in the Latrobe Valley.

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