Australia sits in a unique position right now with it’s close proximity to Asia and it’s ridiculously sunny and windy wide open spaces. We could be a global superpower of clean energy exporting in the very near future.
In a report from the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub, the opportunities present in hydrogen export scenarios are significant.
“The Japanese and South Korean governments have published strategies for moving towards a hydrogen economy with roadmaps and targets for hydrogen import. The Council of Australian Governments Energy Council established a hydrogen working group to develop a national strategy by the end of 2019 with the aim of positioning Australia’s hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030.”
While it is great to see some government movement finally, it is hard to understand our government’s current and ongoing support for the coal industry. In fact, our current lack of leadership and action in this space and our Government’s ongoing support for coal has resulted in Australia being banned from speaking at the UN climate change summit because according to Dr Martin Rice from the Climate Council of Australia, “The UN knows that a speech from Australia would be all hot air”
Darren Miller, the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, said in an interview with RenewEconomy’s Energy Insiders podcast, “For the first time now with solar and wind prices being so low and still going down, we can see a pathway to very low cost electricity.”
That is great news for homeowners and businesses looking at reducing their costs and having a positive impact on the environment at the same time. A win-win for all, if it happens.
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