Hydrogen in South Australia

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South Australia has the wind, sun, land, infrastructure and skills to be a world-class renewable hydrogen supplier.

Hydrogen allows the world to rethink ways to generate and store energy, power transport fleets and heat homes.

Reduced costs of solar and wind energy generation combined with technology advancements have created a tipping point, where renewable hydrogen is now a viable and much needed carbon-free fuel for our domestic and export markets.

The Council of Australian Governments Energy Council’s National Hydrogen Strategy Working Group has already identified hydrogen as Australia’s next multi-billion export opportunity.

Modelling for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has forecast Australian hydrogen exports could contribute $1.7 billion and 2,800 jobs to the national economy by 2030.

South Australia’s Green Hydrogen Study was released in August 2017 and found that two pathways, production of niche fertiliser products and hydrogen for local buses, are attractive now. Five or ten years in the future hydrogen export and value add products may also be viable projects. Demand for hydrogen from Japan and South Korea could drive a significant new industry in South Australia, leveraging existing manufacturing, engineering and project delivery capabilities.

South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan

With more than 50 per cent of the South Australia’s energy mix generated through renewable sources, new interconnection and storage technologies such as hydrogen will support South Australia to become a net 100 per cent renewable energy generator during the 2030s.

Premier Steven Marshall released South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan in late September 2019, including the commitment of over $1 million towards a landmark study to identify optimal locations for renewable hydrogen production and export infrastructure.

The announcement was made to hundreds of global experts at the opening of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The Hydrogen Action plan sets out twenty actions across five key areas to help scale-up renewable hydrogen production for export and domestic consumption, and contribute to the South Australian Growth State Plan being developed by the Marshall Liberal Government.

It will help underpin a safe and secure export sector, as well as accelerate hydrogen into the South Australian domestic economy.

Download South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan:

Media Release.

Online version.

Printable version.

Chinese Translation 中文翻译

Japanese Translation 南オーストラリア州水素行動計画

Hydrogen Export Modelling Tool and Prospectus

As a key measure under South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan released by the South Australian Government in September 2019, AUD$1.25 million (ex GST) was committed to complete a hydrogen export pre-feasibility study and produce an online modelling tool and prospectus to inform the establishment of an international-scale clean hydrogen export value chain.

The Study examined locations for hydrogen production and export, volume of supply, the needs of potential hydrogen supply chain infrastructure and the costs associated with developing a commercial-scale hydrogen export industry within South Australia. Its findings are outlined in the Prospectus and underpin the design of the Tool.

The Tool is an important resource that will help to facilitate clean hydrogen investment into South Australia. It provides an indicative view of the hydrogen export supply chain configurations that are possible by leveraging the excellent resources in South Australia.

Users are able explore South Australia’s hydrogen potential, selecting different factors such as demand volumes, production technologies and export terminals, to result in a final free-on-board cost of clean hydrogen from South Australia as well as the associated capital, operating and financing costs to achieve it.

The Tool is free to access, however users must first register with the Department for Energy and Mining to receive required login details. This may be requested by emailing hydrogen@sa.gov.au.

The Prospectus is available electronically. It promotes South Australia as a world class clean hydrogen supplier as well as highlighting the advantages of investing in South Australia in order to fulfil growing global demand for clean hydrogen.

The Tool and Prospectus, which were developed by KPMG and WSP on behalf of the Department for Energy and Mining and in collaboration with the Department for Trade and Investment, collectively demonstrate the intent of the South Australian government to accelerate a South Australian hydrogen industry.

Access the South Australian Export Modelling Tool

Watch this video to learn how to use South Australia’s Hydrogen Export Modelling Tool.

Download the South Australian Hydrogen Export Prospectus

Please note that the Tool is not compatible with Internet Explorer browser.
We recommended using an alternative browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

If you are having trouble accessing the Prospectus, try using a different browser or clearing the cache on the browser you are using. If you still encounter problems, please email hydrogen@sa.gov.au.

Gaining Development Approval for new hydrogen projects

The pathway for obtaining development approval for renewable energy projects, including hydrogen energy, is established under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The assessment pathway depends on the generation capacity and complexity of the project.

  • Projects with less than 5MW of generating capacity are referred to the relevant local council
  • Projects with more than 5MW of generating capacity are assessed the State Commission Assessment Panel

An information sheet has been developed to guide developers looking to build complex projects with more than 5MW of generation capacity.

Download the Hydrogen Project Development Approval Process