Exciting things are happening in the Australian hydrogen sector with unprecedented momentum building around the opportunity for a hydrogen economy both in the country and around the world.
Worldwide demand for hydrogen is set to increase substantially over the coming decades, driven by Japan’s decision to put imported hydrogen at the heart of its economy, and Australia is positioning itself to lead the world on hydrogen production and exports.
Last year, the country announced it would develop a National Hydrogen Strategy, which will determine a coordinated way forward to maximise Australia’s competitive advantages, including becoming a major global hydrogen player.
A lot of activity is occurring at state level also, with the Governments of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia currently developing their own state-based hydrogen strategies focussing on different parts of the hydrogen value chain based on their reflective strengths.
At the centre of this hydrogen vision is industry association Hydrogen Mobility Australia (HMA) who has given the hydrogen sector an industry voice into government.
“We recognise that hydrogen is integral to a decarbonised global economy and Australia can play a pivotal role in the sector’s advancement.”
Comprising of a collection of vehicle manufacturers, energy companies, infrastructure providers, research organisations and governments, HMA wants to create a hydrogen society for Australia built upon clean and renewable energy technology, including hydrogen-powered transport.
To achieve this, the organisation will work to accelerate the commercialisation of new hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across the entire hydrogen value chain, including production, export and storage for transport and stationary applications in Australia and overseas.
Yesterday, HMA released a video highlighting its dedication to working together to make its joint vision for a hydrogen economy a reality.
“We wanted to capture the commitment of our members to realising this important opportunity,” HMA explained.
“While there’s a lot of work still to be done, we are committed to the hydrogen cause. We recognise that hydrogen is integral to a decarbonised global economy and Australia can play a pivotal role in the sector’s advancement.”
“As the Australian hydrogen advocate, this is one means by which we spread the word about the important part we can play.”