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What do you think are the two or three most significant recent developments in hydrogen?
New Holland has recently developed a tractor with hydrogen technology.
What are the most important safety issues to consider in producing, handling and using hydrogen in Australia?
Safety considerations in delivery, storage, conversion processes.
What environmental and community impacts should we examine?
Which renewable energy sources can be used most effectively to reduce community impacts. That is, do hydrogen energy sources have the ability to reduce cumulative impacts on the environment and the community i.e can biofuels be used in this process that reduce odour from animal industries for example, remove GHG from the environment, produce or extract hydrogen etc..
How can Australia influence and accelerate the development of a global market for hydrogen?
Develop the regulatory environment and supply chains in Australia - European technologies don't always work here because of the regulatory environment and the lack of fully developed supply chains. Need to have buy in from the producer / manufacturer, to the transporter, to the customer and the marketing/communications/branding etc.
What are the top two or three factors required for a successful hydrogen export industry?
- An established buyer/market for the product - Reliable supply chain - Low production cost
What are the top two or three opportunities for the use of clean hydrogen in Australia?
- Transport fuel - particularly for the rural farming communities of Australia - Energy
What are the main barriers to the use of hydrogen in Australia?
- Resource funding to develop the technology - Regulatory environment to support the development of the technology - Education about the possibilities for the uses of the technology (STEM in schools might be a good place to start)
What are some examples where a strategic national approach could lower costs and shorten timelines for developing a clean hydrogen industry?
- Research funding through grants hub focus eg Rural RnD4Profit Program to develop the energy/fuel source for the agriculture sector to reduce GHG emissions for example. - Provide assistance with the commercialisation of the technology - i.e. be involved to ensure that this tech doesn't get taken up by foreign owned entities - Provide susidies eg rural and remote to purchase, perhaps consider subsiding maintenance of tech for a period of time to encourage the uptake and risk of it not working effectively in real world situations. This could inturn aid in further debugging and development of the tech.
What are Australia’s key technology, regulatory and business strengths and weaknesses in the development of a clean hydrogen industry?
Australia provides a secure regulatory environment to develop technology. However, it also is bureaucratic and slow to uptake new technologies.
What workforce skills will need to be developed to support a growing clean hydrogen industry?
An awareness that the hydrogen industry exists. Implement education programs in schools (STEM). Develop courses at universities that provide a focus in this area.
What areas in hydrogen research, development and deployment need attention in Australia? Where are the gaps in our knowledge?
The agriculture and farming sector knows very little about this area of research. This sector could benefit in a very large way from low cost fuel and energy. The benefits are obvious - ability to generate food and fibres with low or no emission.
Do you have any other comments or submissions to this process?
The pork sector is a small component of the agriculture sector in Australia. We are always looking to find ways to produce pork more sustainably. We would welcome further communications regarding the national hydrogen strategy as it relates to primary industries which includes the supply chain (paddock to plate).