Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot Project

Hydrogen is a fuel of the future and has the potential to provide a secure and clean source of energy as countries tackle the challenge of meeting national and international emissions reduction targets.

As a first step in developing a viable hydrogen industry in Australia, the Australian and Victorian Governments are supporting a world-first project to produce hydrogen in Victoria and export it to Japan.

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot Project has been launched in April 2018 and once constructed (2018–20) will run for one year (2020–21). It will develop and trial a seven-stage hydrogen supply chain.

Stage 1: Gasification of Victorian brown coal to produce synthetic gas (carbon monoxide and hydrogen)

Stage 2: Refining the gas to hydrogen

Stage 3: Transporting the gas by truck from the Latrobe Valley to the Port of Hastings in Victoria

Stage 4: Liquefaction of gas to hydrogen liquid

Stage 5: Storing the liquid hydrogen for transport by ship to Japan

Stage 6: Transporting the liquid hydrogen to Japan using an advanced technology, purpose built ship

Stage 7: Unloading and storing the liquid hydrogen in Japan.

Australia is well-placed to become a global hydrogen production and export leader—it has abundant natural resources, excellent infrastructure, and technical prowess in commodity development and international trade.

A successful pilot project will be a first step towards establishing a commercial hydrogen production and export industry which will deliver significant economic benefits to Australia.

The project will also build on Australia’s long-standing and productive relationships with Japan particularly in the trade and energy and resources sectors.

Depending on the successful completion of the pilot, regulatory approvals, community backing and demand for hydrogen, the decision to move to commercial production will be made in the 2020s and operations would be established in the 2030s. 

This project is an important step for Australian science and innovation as we investigate new ways to create and use energy in the global economy.

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Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain fact sheet |

Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain brochure |

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Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot project website

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Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain video

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Local jobs and a new energy industry for the LaTrobe valley media release

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