Tag: Hydrogen

We must rapidly decarbonise road transport – but hydrogen’s not the answer

 Hydrogen has been touted as the fuel of the future, and the technology features prominently in the Morrison government’s plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Earlier this month the government unveiled its “future fuels” strategy to reduce emissions in the transport sector, committing A$250 million for battery electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure. And in September, it pledged almost A$500 million towards the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs Program. Decarbonising transport is crucial in the fight to limit global warming to 1.5℃ this century. We estimate the sector contributes about 20% of global emissions – like burning two Olympic-size swimming pools filled with fossil fuels per minute, every minute of the year. But as independent researchers in transport emissions and energy, we believe the focus on hydrogen in road transport is misplaced.

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Germany names hydrogen the hero of its post-coal future

Germany's Minister for Research Anja Karliczek is leading the development of the country's hydrogen industry.
Germany’s Minister for Research Anja Karliczek is leading the development of the country’s hydrogen industry.Credit:Getty

Will Germany finally shake the LNP out of it’s sleepwalking dream about coal?

Australian wind and solar farms could help Germany phase out its use of coal under a major export deal which also promises to create thousands of new jobs. Europe’s largest economy has identified Australia as a potential supplier of the vast quantities of hydrogen needed to decarbonise its heavy industry in order to adhere to the Paris climate accord and to achieve Chancellor Angela Merkel’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Germany names hydrogen the hero of its post-coal future

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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