Monday, 3 September 2018

Western Australia: Bold ideas to map future for renewable hydrogen in WA

Source: Government of Western Australia, 31st August 2018

  • Western Australia in a prime position to become home to a job-creating renewable hydrogen sector, meeting strong demand from Asian neighbours
  • Conference gathers leading minds on renewable hydrogen
  • Renewable Hydrogen Council to work with industry to shape the future for a new sector for Western Australia

The McGowan Government will establish a council to drive opportunities for a 21st century renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia.

More than 300 national and international delegates have come together in Perth today at the State's Renewable Hydrogen Conference, at the invitation of the Western Australian Government.

Hydrogen is a clean-burning fuel, and when made using renewable energy it is a carbon free fuel from production to utilisation. It can be used in a range of industries - including transport and electricity generation - but can also be stored and exported.

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

With key international markets such as Japan and Korea choosing a substantial role for hydrogen in their future energy mix, the opportunities for WA to export its renewable energy via hydrogen are potentially significant.

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 to provide guidance on ways to progress the industry, and maximise benefits to the State and jobs for Western Australians.

Delegates at today's conference will hear from Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel on his vision for hydrogen in Australia's future and from the CSIRO on the National Hydrogen Roadmap, released last week.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"This 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."

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"To create renewable hydrogen you need vast stretches of land and high-quality renewable energy resources - two things Western Australia has in abundance.

"This State has a long history of delivering energy and resources to the world, with established infrastructure and supply chains.

"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."

Premier's office - 6552 5000
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA
Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC
Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade