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Japanese-Australian hydrogen venture takes a major step forward

Japanese-Australian hydrogen venture takes a major step forward

A Japanese-Australian venture has kickstarted its plans for an international hydrogen energy supply chain, having started up hydrogen production operations in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project Partners, together with the Australian, Victorian and Japanese Governments last week (12th March) confirmed the news, marking an important step for Australia’s hydrogen industry.

Hydrogen at the Latrobe Valley site is created through the gasification of brown coal, and once at commercial scale, could produce 225,000 tonnes of clean hydrogen annually with carbon capture and storage technology.

According to project plans, this produced hydrogen will then be transported to Port of Hastings for liquefaction. Once liquified the hydrogen will the be shipped to Japan, completing the entire international hydrogen supply chain.

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