Hydrogen industry growing close to Whyalla
The state hydrogen leader believes a hydrogen production and export plant north of Adelaide will enable larger green energy export facilities in the upper Spencer Gulf.
The $12.5 million Bolivar hydrogen factory north of Adelaide broke ground this month. Japanese owners intend to sell Indonesia low-volume hydrogen by year’s end. The state’s first hydrogen export facility is scheduled. Marubeni and Japan’s Environment Ministry sponsor Bolivar’s project.
The state government sought foreign and domestic bids for its $600 million hydrogen creation and power generation complex in Whyalla near Cultana to decarbonize South Australian manufacturing, create jobs, and capitalize on global demand for green energy and products.
The Malinauskas government expects its landmark Whyalla investment will inspire private investment in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf hydrogen industry. Promising. Six customers are negotiating with the government to generate and export hydrogen from Port Bonython using South Australia’s plentiful wind and solar energy to produce green, wanted hydrogen in a changing global energy market.
State Minister for Commerce and Investment Nick Champion stated Bolivar Project global market dynamics would boost Spencer Gulf investment. Bolivar has a five-megawatt battery and 150-kilowatt electrolyser. The state’s $600 million hydrogen complex in Whyalla will contain 250MWe of electrolysers, a 200MW power station, and hydrogen storage infrastructure, dwarfing the $12.5 million Bolivar location. The government wants the property open by 2025.
Private investment in the hydrogen export hub at Port Bonython could exceed $10 billion, distinct from both projects. Port Bonython would attract international companies looking to profit from selling South Australian hydrogen locally, then to China and Europe. State and federal governments would contribute. Following was infrastructural collaboration. Mr. Crafter expected Port Bonython’s first shipments in 2026, but significant work remained.
OAB-CE approves creation of special commission on green hydrogen
The establishment of a Special Commission for the Research of Green Hydrogen in the State of Ceará was approved by the Ceará Section (OAB-CE).
Attorney José Amaury Batista Gomes Filho proposed the commission, while counselor Hamilton Sobreira served as its rapporteur.
Green hydrogen is an energy vector that can be viewed as an option for usage in industries like the chemical industry and has the potential to become the fuel of the future because it comes from primary sources of clean energy.
Sobreira says the concept is that the commission, despite being independent, collaborates with other OAB-CE organizations.
When advocating for the commission’s formation, the rapporteur made clear that cooperation between the commissions is crucial because it protects the rights of legal individuals who adhere to the same scientific and legal principles and shouldn’t be given unequal treatment.
Cross-border hydrogen valley in involving Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy unveiled
In Brussels, the international Hydrogen Valley was unveiled.
The only cross-border “hydrogen valley” in the EU, it involves Slovenia, Croatia, and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Aleksander Gerbec, CEO of Ecubes Technologies, presented the idea in Brussels.
EU funds totaling 25 million were allocated to the North Adriatic hydrogen valley with the intention of mobilizing 214 million for the initial investment and 739 million once fully operational. Before the summer, negotiations to finalize the grant agreements will start.
The governments of Croatia, Slovenia, and the Friuli Venezia Giulia regional authorities all support the North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley initiative.