Australia| Germany| Australia-Germany Hydrogen Accord

14 June 2021

Australia and Germany will invest in a series of new initiatives to accelerate the development of a hydrogen industry, creating new economic opportunities and jobs while reducing emissions.

Australia and Germany announced the Declaration of Intent between the Government of Australia and the Government of Germany on the Australia-Germany Hydrogen Accord.

The Accord builds on respective strengths of both countries, Australia looking to be a major hydrogen exporter and Germany holding expertise in hydrogen technology and planning to import significant quantities of hydrogen in the future.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, said international collaboration focused on technological innovation was key to getting new energy technologies like hydrogen to commercial parity.

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“Our partnership with Germany will accelerate the development of an Australian hydrogen industry and create new jobs,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“Our ambition is to produce the cheapest clean hydrogen in the world, which will transform, transport, mining resources and manufacturing at home and overseas.”

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction of Australia Angus Taylor said:

“We have set the goal of producing hydrogen at less than $2 a kilogram – ‘H2 under 2’, the price at which hydrogen becomes competitive with higher emitting alternatives.

“Getting new technologies like hydrogen to cost parity will enable substantial reductions in global emissions, while strengthening existing industries and creating new ones.”

The Accord includes three major initiatives:

  1. Establishing the German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator (HyGATE), to support real-world pilot, trial, demonstration and research projects along the hydrogen supply chain. Australia and Germany have respectively committed up to $50 million and €50 million to establish HyGATE.
  2. Facilitating industry-to-industry cooperation on demonstration projects in Australian hydrogen hubs.
  3. Exploring options to facilitate the trade of hydrogen and its derivatives produced from renewables (such as ammonia) from Australia to Germany, including through Germany’s H2 Global Initiative, which supports long-term supply agreements with German industry.

The Accord builds on Australia’s existing collaboration with Germany on low emissions technologies including hydrogen, with a two-year supply chain study between the two countries already underway.


Author: KS / Source: Prime Minister of Australia / Photo: Unsplash