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What do you think are the two or three most significant recent developments in hydrogen?
• The positively charge anode being coated to last the same amount of time when converting saltwater to hydrogen. • Storing Hydrogen as ammonia for transport • Hy4Heat program including resultant work packages
What are the most important safety issues to consider in producing, handling and using hydrogen in Australia?
• The high pressure that hydrogen needs to be stored • Visibility of flame during traditional combustion • Temperature of the hydrogen as a liquid • Safety issues associated with using hydrogen in properties; and the need to modify appliances to burn hydrogen rather than methane. • Ad-hoc roll out, including community trials, without the establishment of appropriate plans, evidence
What environmental and community impacts should we examine?
• Producing hydrogen from Solar, Wind or other renewables, would reduce the need to use natural gas and brown coal. Also stop the need for carbon capture and store it. • Cost to the end user and community; viability
How can Australia influence and accelerate the development of a global market for hydrogen?
• Political policy and assurances driving R&D investment. E.g. hydrogen certified appliance, allowing the manufactures of the appliances to have an extra market place to sell to in the future. • Unified approach driven by an appropriate peak body; clear lines of responsibility and organizational structure in that provides as support and oversight as required.
What are the top two or three factors required for a successful hydrogen export industry?
• Nationally consistent ant policy and standards • Acceptable cost of hydrogen production including sufficient margin that allows for private investment. • Investment in R&D to ensure adoption of most appropriate transport methods that meets the needs and infrastructure of importers
What are the top two or three opportunities for the use of clean hydrogen in Australia?
• Electricity production • Powering cars, boat and trucks as an alternative to other fuels • Using as source for cooking and heating.
What are the main barriers to the use of hydrogen in Australia?
• National inconsistency • Disjointed R&D providing lack of drive of appropriate standards • Duplication of international R&D • Lack of participation in international research • Lack of contribution in the development of international standards • Lack of local standards needed to be developed appliances, and design of transmission networks, distribution networks and installations
What are some examples where a strategic national approach could lower costs and shorten timelines for developing a clean hydrogen industry?
• Consider the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Hy4Heat program is a good example where a strategic national approach can lower costs and shorten timelines for developing a clean hydrogen industry.
What are Australia’s key technology, regulatory and business strengths and weaknesses in the development of a clean hydrogen industry?
• Abundant potential for renewable energy sources including solar power farms, wind farms, Hydro water schemes in South Australia and Tasmania. • Considering the current NG market and LNG industry there is a heavy reliance on industry investment and lack of policy support • Regulatory inflexibility
What workforce skills will need to be developed to support a growing clean hydrogen industry?
• Upskilling of relevant workforce involved in the hydrogen installations, appliance safety, electrical generation, transport, transmission network’s and distribution networks • Development of appropriate fuel cell competencies
What areas in hydrogen research, development and deployment need attention in Australia? Where are the gaps in our knowledge?
• Hydrogen gas standards; purity etc. • Hydrogen appliance certification • Research into the conversation of existing domestic, commercial and industrial appliances • Safety research related to hydrogens properties including ventilation, leak detection, flame visibly, storage etc.