Countries around the world are pursuing the use of hydrogen as a means of decarbonising their industry, energy and transport sectors in line with emissions reduction targets.
In late 2019, Australia adopted a National Hydrogen Strategy to develop a hydrogen industry which will enhance our energy security, create jobs and build an export industry valued in the billions.
The strategy recognises that Australia has the major elements needed to create this new industry, access to clean energy resources, expertise, infrastructure and committed clean energy trading partners.
The goal of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission is to enable a globally competitive Australian hydrogen industry comprising both domestic and export value chains by 2030. This will support the decarbonisation of the energy, transport and industry sectors and help Australia transition to a net zero emissions future while creating new jobs, capabilities and spill over benefits into other industries.
A thriving Australian domestic hydrogen industry will create a stepping- stone to the world’s first clean energy export industry.
CSIRO seeks proposals that support the development and uptake of hydrogen technologies in the following key areas:
- Mobility as an early target market for hydrogen industry development - increasing efficiency and cost-competitiveness in hydrogen storage and distribution and refuelling technologies, e.g., compression, low- and high-pressure hydrogen storage, hydrogen liquefaction, and hydrogen refuelling.
- Hydrogen utilisation in heavy industry as a longer-term demand driver – feasibility studies and technology developments leading to hydrogen utilisation in industrial processes to support industry decarbonisation transition, e.g., green metals and green chemicals production.
- Hydrogen energy systems integration – resolving barriers to hydrogen supply and demand value chains at scale (e.g., in hydrogen hubs) e.g., technoeconomic and life cycle analysis, studies which inform regulatory and standards development, resolving complex hydrogen energy systems integration and sector coupling challenges.
All proposals aligned with this theme should contain a section that clearly describes how the proposed solution is complementary to CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission.