Geoscience Australia report maps potential regions for hydrogen production

A new report by Geoscience Australia has identified and mapped regions in Australia that have high potential for hydrogen production.

According to the report, Australia has the potential to become a leading global supplier, with every state and territory possessing regions that are highly prospective for hydrogen production

The study considered low emissions hydrogen production methods, including hydrogen production from electrolysis using renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydro based generation, and fossil fuel-derived hydrogen coupled with carbon capture and storage (CSS).

These production methods require proximity to different resources. Renewable energy resource, grid access and water are important for electrolysis; gas, coal, water and carbon storage sites are critical for CCS hydrogen.

The report analyses hydrogen production potential for different scenarios based on access to resources and existing infrastructure. It also highlights the need to develop additional infrastructure and technology to unlock Australia’s full potential.

Speaking from the Republic of Korea, federal resources minister Matt Canavan said the report showed Australia has the resources, know-how, infrastructure and research base to produce and supply clean hydrogen to the world.

“There are more than 200,000 square kilometres of land rated as having great prospects for supporting renewable hydrogen production, confirming our potential for hydrogen production,” Canavan said.

“I’ll be using my time in South Korea to promote our outstanding potential as a hydrogen supplier with the South Korean government and company executives. I’ll explain how Australia has been investing heavily in hydrogen projects and outline our National Hydrogen Strategy which will map out the steps we can take to develop a sustainable and commercial hydrogen industry.”

Geoscience Australia is currently developing an online tool that will enable potential investors, state governments and other stakeholders to assess regions in more detail.