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McGowan Government supports renewable hydrogen developments; joins Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme

McGowan Government supports renewable hydrogen developments; joins Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme

The McGowan Government has reaffirmed its support for a renewable hydrogen industry, having today (July 21) announced that it is now a Founding Member of the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.

Launched to accelerate the development and deployment of renewable hydrogen, green ammonia and green metals, such as green steel and green zinc, the scheme focuses on both Australia and the wider world.

Through the scheme, Smart Energy Council will also certify that renewable hydrogen, green ammonia or green metal has been made from renewable energy sources, and provide and embedded carbon rating.

As a founding partner in the scheme, the McGowan Government will now collaborate with the Smart Energy Council and its domestic and international partners to develop and implement the scheme.

On the Government’s involvement Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan, said, “When it comes to the renewable hydrogen industry, Western Australia’s competitive advantages gives the state a head start.

“Signing onto the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme as a founding partner reflects our commitment to making sure Western Australia continues on its path to becoming and industry leader.

“As a founding partner, our government will collaborate with the Smart Energy Council and its other domestic and international partners to develop and implement the scheme.”

The YURI Green Ammonia Product, a consortium between Engie Renewables Australia and Yara Pilbara Fertilisers, is the second project selected by the scheme for certification. Yara is also a founding member of the scheme.

Located on Murujuga, near Dampier, the project will utilise solar energy to produce renewable hydrogen that will be used to produce green ammonia for export to global markets.

As part of its role as a founding member, the McGowan Government will work with the Smart Energy Council to explore other projects in the state that could be candidates for the scheme.

Australia unveils hydrogen technology cluster network to accelerate development and commercialisation

Australia will establish a hydrogen technology cluster in every state and territory as the country takes steps to unlock its potential and create a globally competitive hydrogen industry.

A network of 13 regional clusters has been unveiled today (1st Feb) by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster. NERA said the national cluster, which would operate as a virtual network, will establish a global identity and a recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.

It will also aid the development of the hydrogen supply chain, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen focused technologies.

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