Western Australia examines hydrogen exports to Europe

The government of Western Australia will collaborate with the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on a study exploring expediting hydrogen exports from the Mid-Oakajee West’s Strategic Industrial Area (SIA).

The Oakajee SIA has the potential to produce the most renewable hydrogen in the entire globe and some of Australia’s top renewable energy resources.

The study will look at technology solutions and port master planning to help speed up the export of renewable hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives through the development of an integrated port at the Oakajee SIA, providing a platform for collaborative research and opportunities for businesses from both continents.

In addition to supply expenses to the Port of Rotterdam and potential port-to-customer shipping to Germany, it will contain a site-specific calculation of hydrogen generation.

The Port of Rotterdam will provide €250 000, and the West Australian government will invest A$500 000 in the study. The BMBF plans to give up to €500 000 in funding.

The study will be carried out by the Mid-West Port Authority, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation of Western Australia, the Port of Rotterdam, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems of Germany (ISE).

Before the end of this decade, hydrogen exports to Europe will increase thanks to contributions from the Port of Rotterdam and ISE, two global leaders in innovative technology.

The Australia-Germany Hydrogen Accord and the November 2021 memorandum of understanding signed by the governments of Western Australia and the Port of Rotterdam serve as the foundation for the study.

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