What’s on the way
Australia has its sights set on becoming a world-leading clean hydrogen producer, creating a major export industry and enabling the transition to a low emissions future locally and globally.
Created by an Australian hydrogen industry. Many in regional Australia.
$464m investment in 7 clean hydrogen industrial hubs will help develop the industry and create jobs.
Producing clean hydrogen under $2/kilo is our priority.
It’s already powering cars – see how else it can be used.
When used as a fuel, hydrogen’s only by-product is water. It produces no carbon emissions.
Hydrogen is also hugely versatile.
This flexible, safe, transportable and storable fuel can be used:
- to blend with or replace natural gas to heat homes and industry, and for cooking
- for fuel cells to generate electricity to power cars, trucks, buses and trains
- to store energy and generate electricity for mining sites and remote communities
- as an industrial chemical feedstock for products such as ammonia, fertiliser and steel
- to globally trade clean energy.
In Australia we have the exciting opportunity to produce enough hydrogen for our own needs and for export across the globe, providing clean energy wherever and whenever it is needed.
Australia’s competitive advantages – abundant land and solar and wind energy, extensive carbon storage reservoirs, and an excellent reputation as a trusted energy exporter – mean we are well positioned to be a world-leading clean hydrogen producer.
National hydrogen strategy
In a grey and white vector animation, a small car drives along a city street. Black smoke puffs from its exhaust and small circles with a CO2 chemical symbol inside them drift up through the city skyline.
The world is transitioning to a clean and secure energy future, and hydrogen is emerging as an important part of this future.
The animation becomes sky blue and solar panels and wind turbines appear across the city. A green electricity symbol appears on the car door.
On a green background, a white circle has the symbol for hydrogen inside it. A hard hat lowers down onto the circle. Sparkles of light appear around it and various symbols interchange inside the circle.
This is because hydrogen is a safe, flexible and clean fuel that can be used to power vehicles, generate electricity and produce heat, all without carbon emissions.
Many countries around the world have plans to use hydrogen, but not all countries have the resources to make enough to meet their needs.
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In Australia, we are lucky to have an abundance of natural resources to make clean hydrogen for our own use and to supply the world.
Back across and down to Australia, white renewable energy icons appear on the green Australian landmass.
By adding hydrogen production to our economy, we could create jobs especially in regional areas and increase prosperity.
In a yellow and white vector diagram, a central circle has the hydrogen chemical symbol inside. Other circles diverge and form branches around it. Inside the various circles are icons for a house, a city, a briefcase and numerous dollar symbols.
In a blue and white vector diagram, a central circle has a lightning bolt symbol inside. Four circles around it have solar, hydro-power, wind and hydrogen symbols. The four circles merge into the central circle and become a power stanchion. It merges again into a dollar symbol counter that spins and becomes a fuel pump.
Managed well, it could help integrate renewable energy into our electricity grid and lower bills in the long-term. By using hydrogen, we can reduce dependence on imported fuel and we can reduce carbon emissions in Australia and around the world.
In the vector animation, the fuel pump recedes and the city appears around it. Rising above to the Australian continent and even further into space and the Earth again, surrounded by white clouds.
In another animation, a double page in an open book has various icons, graphs and a map of Australia. The book closes and the cover reads ‘Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy’.
It is for these reasons that Australian governments have developed a National Hydrogen Strategy. We've listened to industry and communities to lay the foundation for a thriving industry that benefits all Australians.
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The exact future of energy is impossible to predict, so the strategy is adaptive and can be adjusted and revisited over time with the ultimate goal of being a major global player in clean hydrogen by 2030 and to position ourselves for even greater success.
Read Australia's National Hydrogen Strategy at industry.gov.au/hydrogen.
The Australian Government coat of arms. The COAG Energy Council logo is a circular rainbow-coloured aperture.
Learn more about innovative hydrogen projects underway around Australia.
Jemena Western Sydney Green Gas project (NSW)
Hydrogen produced from renewable electricity will be injected and blended into the gas network, providing energy for cooking, heating and hot water for around 250 homes.
Horizon Power Denham Hydrogen Demonstration (WA)
The Horizon Power Denham Hydrogen Demonstration project will demonstrate the ability to incorporate renewable hydrogen into a microgrid with solar and diesel.
Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project (Vic)
A world-first collaboration between Australia and Japan. Liquefied hydrogen will be produced and transported from the Latrobe Valley to Kobe in Japan.
Star Scientific's Hero Technology (NSW)
Star Scientific has developed technology that is the missing link in the hydrogen supply chain, turning green hydrogen into continuous industrial heat without combustion.
Under $2 per kilo
Producing clean hydrogen under $2/kilo is our priority. At this price it starts to become competitive for uses such as transport and for industry.
Clean hydrogen is going to play an exciting role in our future.
Fact sheet: Clean hydrogen: a low emissions fuel (PDF, 102Kb)