Hydrogen has been identified as central to the decarbonisation of the energy and industrial sectors. Significant efforts in research and development (R&D) are underway to promote hydrogen production, distribution and Autilisation within Australia. Tremendous opportunities also exist to establish a hydrogen (H2) export industry that builds upon Australia world-leading track record as global supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG). However, many technical challenges exist regarding the most cost-effective methods of exporting H2 from Australia to the large prospective markets in Japan, Korea, China and Europe. Overcoming these challenges efficiently will require Australia to develop systematic and coordinated R&D programs, informed by industry and the experience of other countries that builds upon existing strengths while minimising duplication. The design and use of coordinated research infrastructures that allows for industrial-scale validation of H2 export technologies will be central to this program.
This project hosted few workshops sittings and meetings which brought together global and local experts on H2, natural gas and LNG, representing industry organizations, government agencies, and research institutions, to identify knowledge and capability gaps for H2 export industry. This abstract aims to give comprehensive overview of the current and required R&D activities in Australia to accelerate the H2 export industry, focusing in particular at:
Presenting driving forces, current efforts and future plans for industrially-focussed H2 research in Australia
Illustrating the recently established LNG Futures Facility, its capabilities for industrial-scale testing at high-pressures and cryogenic temperatures, and the proposed R&D program
Presenting an industry-led R&D plan to accelerate the growth of H2 exports from Australia, avoiding duplicating existing research initiatives.
Keywords LNG, H2 export, LNG Future Facility, Australia, R&D