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Renewable hydrogen a promising new export industry for Australia?

Renewable hydrogen could fuel Australia’s next export boom after CSIRO breakthrough, ABC News, 11 May 17, By Rebecca Turner Australia’s next big export industry could be its sunlight and wind, as game-changing technology makes it easier to transport and deliver their energy as hydrogen.

Industry players are even talking up renewable hydrogen as the next liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, which could supply hydrogen to power cars, buses, trucks and trains in Japan, South Korea and even Europe.

Their plans have been given a boost by a CSIRO-developed metal membrane, which allows the high-purity hydrogen needed for hydrogen-powered cars to be separated from ammonia.

What is renewable hydrogen?

  • Hydrogen is a carrier of energy
  • Renewable hydrogen is produced by purifying seawater, then separating the hydrogen and oxygen via electrolysis
  • The process of separation is powered by solar or wind energy
  • The hydrogen becomes a vehicle for storing renewable energy such as solar or wind
  • It is converted into transportable forms for export

CSIRO principal research scientist Michael Dolan said the technology, now being trialled on an industrial scale in Australia, was “the missing link” which allowed hydrogen to be transported and used as an energy source.

“There’s potentially a very big market for the technology, given these cars are starting to get onto the road in pretty big numbers in Asian and Europe,” Dr Dolan said.

While there are only four hydrogen cars in Australia — produced by Hyundai and Toyota — South Korea already has hydrogen-powered taxis on its streets……


May 12, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy

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