Australia and Germany team up on renewable hydrogen

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Australia and Germany have signed a new agreement for a joint feasibility study to investigate the supply chain between the two countries on hydrogen produced from renewable energy.

The joint feasability study will span production, storage, transport and use of renewable hydrogen. It will also assess current technology and research, and identify barriers for the development of a hydrogen industry.

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Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham have signed a joint declaration of intent with Germany’s Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek to carry out the study.

The Australian Government is calling for an Australian research and industry consortium to partner with German industry on the study. Applications are open on the GrantConnect website.

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Australia released its National Hydrogen Strategy in November 2019, setting a vision to establish a globally competitive hydrogen industry by 2030. Germany released its National Hydrogen Strategy in June 2020.

Both countries are developping renewable hydrogen as a clean source of energy with the potential to lower carbon emissions.