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
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.