Construction has started today on a “world first” project in Victoria, Australia that will convert brown coal to hydrogen for export to Japan.
The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project at Port Hastings in Victoria will see liquefied hydrogen produced from Latrobe Valley brown coal transported to Japan for use in fuel cell electric vehicles and power generation.
If the decision is made to proceed to commercial scale, the project has the potential to provide low emission hydrogen that can help meet Victoria’s future energy needs, as well as kick start the emergence of a new, global export industry.
The project is being developed by a consortium of Japan’s top energy and infrastructure companies, with the full support of the Victorian, Commonwealth and Japanese governments.
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