Some of us learned in chemistry class that hydrogen molecules can spin. But our teachers never told us how much spin we’d see, and how much energy it would take not to fall for it.
The Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) launched its $70 million Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round on Wednesday to accelerate renewable hydrogen development in Australia.
Brief: The Queensland government has backed renewable energy in its 2019-20 budget, allocating $250 million to its new publicly owned electricity generation and trading company CleanCo and $19 million to support hydrogen export facilities.
The Labor Party has committed to spending $1.1 billion on developing hydrogen fuel networks and an export hub in Gladstone in Queensland if elected. What would this mean for the hydrogen economy?
Although much of the buzz around renewable hydrogen is focused on cars and its money-making potential as an overseas export, in the short-to-medium term hydrogen could also be used for cooking, heating and cooling Australian homes.
The energy space is humming with breakthroughs, new business models and technological innovations – such as the move to negawatts, indicating energy savings, and the exciting advances in hydrogen being used to export wind and solar power.
A breakthrough “solar paint” could see buildings transformed into hydrogen-producing powerhouses.