Japan funds South Australia’s hydrogen hub


As part of an Indo-Pacific supply chain for renewable hydrogen, the Japanese government has agreed to fund a pilot project co-developed by Maurubeni Corp to export the zero-emission fuel from South Australia.

Green hydrogen will be produced from South Australia’s abundance of large-scale wind and solar, which will be showcased at the COP26 in Glasgow in an event co-hosted by South Australian and Japanese government ministers.

Project development and site selection are currently being carried out in collaboration between Marubeni and the South Australian government, according to reports.

Renewable hydrogen production and export in South Australia could serve as a role model for the rest of the world, as the state is well on the way to meeting and exceeding its 2020 targets of using only renewable energy sources to meet current grid demand.

Wind and solar power plant operators had to drastically reduce their output over the weekend because the state produced nearly twice as much renewable energy as it could consume at times on Sunday.

Woodside plans to build the H2Tas renewable hydrogen production facility in Tasmania, and Marubeni has helped complete feasibility studies for the export of green ammonia to Japan for this project.

Anela Dokso

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