The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre has been investigating the suitability of the region for a hydrogen industry since August 2018.
The Mallee provides a number of competitive advantages in relation to hosting a hydrogen industry. This includes:
- A rich solar resource for renewable energy and hydrogen production and seasonal storage
- Concentrated agriculture and industrial infrastructure which could benefit from heavy duty hydrogen powered transport as well as back up generation
- Strategically positioned on the national freight corridor for transport and logistic routes
- Large biomass resource which can complement hydrogen use for power generation
- Access to transport infrastructure for a hydrogen export market
- Gas networks, including a natural gas pipeline
- Advantage of provenance of Mallee region
Hydrogen in the Mallee
This presentation by Professor Paul Webley, Honorary (Professorial Fellow) at the University of Melbourne and Dr Rebecca Yee, Research Fellow from the Future Fuels CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) covers off on the following questions:
- What is hydrogen and how do you make it?
- How much solar do you need to make hydrogen?
- How much water do you use to make hydrogen?
- The hydrogen industry in Australia and the potential of its future. How is early development working?
- The Mallee as a hydrogen hub.
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