South Australia is a key participant in Australia’s development of a National Hydrogen Strategy.
The global market for hydrogen is expected to reach $220 billion by 2022. CSIRO estimates a hydrogen export industry could be worth $1.7 billion and provide 2,800 jobs in Australia by 2030.
In mid-2017, the South Australian Government worked with industry to develop a Hydrogen Roadmap for potential investors and help guide the development of South Australia’s hydrogen economy.
Since releasing the Roadmap, the South Australian government has:
- Co-invested over $17 million in four green hydrogen projects
- Attracted the September 2019 International Conference on Hydrogen Safety to Adelaide
- Supported Australian Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel’s proposal for the National Hydrogen Strategy, which the COAG Energy Council endorsed in December 2018
- Sponsored the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre
- Sponsored the 2018 CSIRO National Hydrogen Roadmap
- Supported delegations to and from Japan and the Republic of Korea, including participation in Dr Finkel’s delegation to Japan with the National Hydrogen Strategy Group in September 2018
- Started planning offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur to support trade and development
- Become an observer to Hydrogen Mobility Australia’s member meetings
- Established a cross-government Hydrogen Regulatory Working Group
- Developed an interactive hydrogen map to help investors and project developers identify potentially suitable sites in South Australia for hydrogen infrastructure.
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The Hydrogen Research and Development in South Australia report, led by ITP Thermal and released in November 2018, is an examination of hydrogen R&D capability and opportunities in South Australia.