New council to map future for renewable hydrogen in WA

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The Western Australian Government has announced it will establish a council to drive opportunities for a 21st century renewable hydrogen industry in the state.

More than 300 national and international delegates gathered in Perth today for the Renewable Hydrogen Conference.

Western Australia has enormous potential for the development of a renewable hydrogen industry with its vast available land and renewable energy resources.

WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the state had a long history of delivering energy and resources to the world, with established infrastructure and supply chains.

“To create renewable hydrogen you need vast stretches of land and high-quality renewable energy resources – two things Western Australia has in abundance,” she said.

“Now is the time to embrace this opportunity and drive forward the hydrogen industry and its place in WA – to realise the thousands of jobs this industry could create.

“The Renewable Hydrogen Council will report back to government by early next year on the best ways to grow the industry and maximise benefits for the state.”

Exploration of the opportunities for hydrogen will be driven by the Renewable Hydrogen Council, which will comprise of experts from the private and public sectors.

Premier Mark McGowan said the state government is pushing for innovation, diversification and bold new ways to develop clean energies, grow exports and drive new job opportunities across regional WA.

“As the world continues to transition to a low-emissions future, it is increasingly apparent that hydrogen can play an important role – and WA can be central to that future,” he said.