Proposal for Australia’s first ‘Hydrogen Valley’

A group of energy players brought together by Energy Estate has formed to enable Australia’s first ‘hydrogen valley’ in NSW’s Hunter region, potentially unlocking energy resources of the Central West, New England and Hunter-Central Coast renewable energy zones.

The Hunter Hydrogen Network (H2N) project – a hydrogen production, transportation and export project – has proposed a plan to enable the development of the hydrogen economy in the Hunter Valley, in partnership with hydrogen users and exporters.

The organisations include integrated energy utility AGL, energy infrastructure business APA Group, global equipment suppliers including ITM Power, global energy suppliers and traders Idemitsu and Trafigura, and large renewable energy developers RES Australia and WalchaEnergy.

H2N’s ambition is to enable Australia’s first hydrogen valley in the NSW Hunter, transforming the region into a global superpower of renewable energy supply”, Energy Estate Principal Vincent Dwyer said.

A hydrogen economy and thriving supply chain in the Hunter has the potential to support local industry and workers into the jobs of the future and positions the Hunter in the race to be one of Australia’s leading renewable energy exporters.”

The first stage of the project aims to produce green hydrogen and associated green feedstock for mining, vehicles and other industrial uses in the Upper Hunter.

The second phase of the project will assess the transportation of hydrogen through a dedicated hydrogen pipeline to Newcastle, supplying future local users and exporters, including producers of green ammonia for export, green feedstock into the chemical sector, green fuels and hydrogen turbines to provide green dispatchable energy solutions.

Source: Energy Estate