Seven companies have been shortlisted for the $70 million Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round.
The companies are invited to submit a full application, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced on Monday, with this due in January 2021. Two or more projects expected to be selected by mid-next year.
Those shortlisted are:
- APT Management Services
- ATCO Australia
- Australian Gas Networks
- BHP Billiton Nickel West
- Engie Renewables Australia
- Macquarie Corporate Holdings
- Woodside Energy
Each project would deploy electrolysers of 10 MW or larger, and the list was “made up of various end uses including transport, gas injection, renewable ammonia production, power and industrial use” said ARENA.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the ultimate goal was to make hydrogen competitive with other energy sources.
The best way to help build a hydrogen industry is to support projects that will help demonstrate the technology at scale, and share the lessons learned to help the industry as a whole reduce risk and costs as well as increase efficiency,” he said.
“A thriving renewable hydrogen production sector will not only help our heavy industry and transport sectors to reduce emissions, but will provide the platform for Australia to export renewable energy and reduce emissions beyond our borders.”
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