Australia 2030 strategy proposes hydrogen city as national mission

Innovation and Science Australia, the Australian Governments statutory advisory body on innovation, science and research matters, has identified developing a 'hydrogen city' as two possible National Missions that could be pursued under its strategic plan for Australia, Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation.

The proposal for a Hydrogen City would demonstrate that an entire city could have its reticulated gas distribution system converted to clean hydrogen by 2030.

Under the $500 million, 10-year project, the gas network of a city, all space heating, cooking appliances, and industrial thermal processes would be converted to run on pure hydrogen.

Facilities could be provided to supply hydrogen to public transport and other heavy-use vehicle fleets.

The energy used to produce the hydrogen from water would be electrical energy from zero emissions sources such as solar, wind or hydro. The project would test the feasibility of hydrogen as an energy source.

The strategy noted that the practical challenges around technology deployment, cost reduction, regulation and public engagement at scale in an existing urban environment to use hydrogen as an energy source have never before been approached.

“By taking this project through to full implementation these challenges will be thoroughly addressed.”

The Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation, is available here.

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