The hydrogen squad: Aussies amongst founding partners of new global hydrogen body

Star Scientific lab
The Star Scientific lab. Image via Star Scientific

National and global leaders in renewable hydrogen have signed on to be the initial Founding Partners in the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme, a globally significant scheme for certifying renewable hydrogen, ammonia and metals projects.

Smart Energy Council chief executive John Grimes said, “The Smart Energy Council is so excited to have such a strong list of initial Australian and international Founding Partners. These are world leaders in renewable hydrogen.

“The list of Founding Partners shows there is extraordinary global interest in the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.” 

The initial Founding Partners are:

• the ACT Government
• Ammonia Energy Association
• COP26 High Level Champions for Climate Action
• CWP Global
• Energy Web
• Star Scientific
• Australian National University*
• Evoenergy
• ACT Renewables Hub*

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The Geman Energy Agency (dena) is an Adviser and Green Hydrogen Catapult a Partner Initiative for the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme. The Ammonia Energy Association is a global industry association that promotes the responsible use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy.

The Green Hydrogen Catapult is a global coalition of seven leading renewable hydrogen companies seeking to accelerate the scale and production of green hydrogen 50-fold in the next six years.

ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said, “Certification of hydrogen is really important. We want to make sure customers know where the hydrogen is coming from so they can make the smart choice for the future.”

Andrew Dickson, Senior Business Development Manager at CWP Global’s Asian Renewable Energy Hub said: “Certification is the essential building block for the export of new zero carbon products, including hydrogen, ammonia and steel. Our customers want to know how much carbon is embedded into the products they are buying and how and where they are produced.”

ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra will be the first pilot certification project under the Certification Scheme. That project is expected to be certified by the end of July 2021.