Hydrogen stimulus package to power Australian energy exports

Energy Minister Angus Taylor (right) with Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel before the COAG energy council meeting.

It’s not hard to guess what this government has in mind (ODT

Proponents of renewable energy raised concerns that using hydrogen to store fossil fuel-generated energy could support the coal sector and prolong the operation of the nation’s ageing fleet of coal-fired power stations.
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