Germany hopes to make Australia one of its hydrogen suppliers

Nyngan solar plant, Australia [image credit: Wikipedia]

This sounds every bit as inefficient as the UK importing wood pellets from North America on an industrial scale, to generate electricity. How the hydrogen might be sent across the world in a ‘green’ way is not mentioned.
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A bilateral agreement aimed at increasing German imports of hydrogen produced from solar power plants in Australia could set a milestone in efforts to establish a global hydrogen market, says Euractiv.

Australia said it wants to become “a powerhouse in hydrogen production and exports” after signing what it described as “a landmark agreement” with Germany on 11 September.

The agreement initiated a joint feasibility study that will look into establishing a green hydrogen supply chain between the two countries.

Australia’s partnership with Germany came in addition to similar deals on green hydrogen made with other countries like Japan, South Korea and Singapore, the Australian trade minister said in a statement.

Addressing a webinar on the subject last month, moderated by EURACTIV, Lynette Wood, the Australian ambassador to Germany, said: “It is our ambition to become a global leader in hydrogen production”.

Over time, the European Union is expected to play its part by introducing a certification scheme that could serve as a basis for trading green hydrogen on a global scale.

“We want to work with Germany and the European Union” to develop a global hydrogen market, Wood told the webinar, organised on 14 September by the Australian embassy in Germany.

Germany is eyeing massive imports of green hydrogen produced from places like Australia, Africa or the Middle East.

Seen from Berlin, these countries have vast untapped potential for solar power which could be fed into electrolysers producing “green” hydrogen made from renewables.

“We are only at the beginning of a very long road,” said Dr Hinrich Thölken, deputy director-general for energy and climate policy at the German Federal Foreign Office, who spoke at the webinar.

Reaching climate neutrality by 2050 – the EU’s stated goal – requires decarbonising the entire economy, including sectors such as cement, chemicals and heavy-duty transport, which are hard to electrify and could use hydrogen as a clean alternative, Thölken pointed out.

This is why “we are convinced that green hydrogen will play a crucial role in achieving our goals,” he told participants at the webinar.

Full article here.

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November 1, 2020 at 01:42PM

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