Hy­dro­gen could be new in­dus­try for the re­gion

CSIRO SAYS THERE COULD BE A HY­DRO­GEN IN­DUS­TRY WITHIN AUS­TRALIA BUT THERE IS MUCH WORK TO BE DONE

Central Queensland News - - CQ INDUSTRY -

HY­DRO­GEN has been touted by a Glad­stone Re­gion coun­cil­lor as the re­gion’s next big in­dus­try.

But there is a long way to go for that to hap­pen.

How­ever, the CSIRO says there is a pos­si­bil­ity it could be­come what the coun­try’s LNG in­dus­try is now.

CSIRO prin­ci­pal re­search sci­en­tist Michael Dolan said there was a grow­ing de­mand for clean en­ergy in places like Asia and Europe.

He cited South Korea, Ja­pan and Ger­many as lead­ers.

“A lot of that is be­cause coun­tries are get­ting out of nu­clear power,” Mr Dolan said.

“As far as hy­dro­gen goes it’s a nice clean fuel be­cause it only makes wa­ter when you use it.”

Mr Dolan said po­ten­tially hy­dro­gen and the re­search sur­round­ing gen­er­a­tion and trans­porta­tion could make it a whole new in­dus­try for Aus­tralia.

“Peo­ple think that in 20 years time or so, the hy­dro­gen ex­port in­dus­try for Aus­tralia will be as big as LNG is now,” he said.

“There’s cer­tainly a lot of buzz around it and se­ri­ous in­vest­ment in it.”

Mr Dolan said trans­port and elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tion were two ap­pli­ca­tions hy­dro­gen could be used for.

How­ever, he said the prob­lem with hy­dro­gen was it only oc­curred nat­u­rally in very few places.

“That means you have to make it from some­thing,” he said.

“We tend to think of hy­dro­gen not so much as an en­ergy source like nat­u­ral gas, it’s more of an en­ergy car­rier.”

The CSIRO sci­en­tist said one of the vi­sions in Aus­tralia was to use re­new­able en­ergy to make hy­dro­gen and ex­port it over­seas.

Trans­port­ing hy­dro­gen is also an­other prob­lem, as to make it a liq­uid it needs to be very cold.

Mr Dolan said a lot of in­ter­est­ing and im­por­tant re­search was done on this now.

Some­thing Cr PJ Sob­ha­nian said could be ap­pli­ca­ble for Glad­stone in the fu­ture.

CLEAN FUEL: Hino and Toy­ota have de­vel­oped a mo­bile hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling sta­tion.

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