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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Queensland’s hydrogen future closer to reality


    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    Queensland’s hydrogen future closer to reality

    Queensland has celebrated the state’s first ever delivery of green hydrogen to Japan, marking a significant step forward for the state’s hydrogen industry.

    Exported by JXTG, Japan’s largest petroleum conglomerate, the hydrogen was produced at QUT’s solar cell facility, located at the Queensland Government’s Redlands Research Facility.

    “This demonstration of renewable hydrogen being successfully exported overseas is an exciting first step in producing and exporting hydrogen at a commercial scale in the future,” Ms Palaszczuk told Parliament today.

    “I applaud the project partners on making this a reality.”

    The Premier also announced $250,000 in funding for the establishment of a renewable hydrogen pilot plant at the Redlands Research Facility.

    “This will ensure the knowledge within the hydrogen industry in Queensland continues to grow at pace with the international market,” she said.

    Today’s announcement marks another major milestone in Queensland’s progress towards a commercially viable hydrogen industry.

    • May 2018 – the Premier saw first-hand the industry’s potential during a trade mission to Tokyo and announced $750,000 to support the investigation of producing and supplying hydrogen at a competitive price to alternative energy sources.
    • September 2018 – the Premier released a hydrogen discussion paper on how to advance this new and emerging industry which has received strong interest from industry, universities and the community.
    • November 2018 – the Premier visited Hyundai headquarters during a trade mission to Korea. The car manufacturer is embracing hydrogen as emissions-free fuel and is ready to start delivering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for the Australian market later this year.
    • December - March 2019 – First delivery of green hydrogen to Japan
    • January 2019 – Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed a $1 billion towards a National Hydrogen Plan including setting up a National Hydrogen Innovation Hub in Gladstone which is already well advanced in hydrogen research.
    • 28 March 2019 – Hydrogen showcase event held Parliament
    • 2019 – Queensland Government’s Hydrogen Strategy to be released later this year

    “My Government’s commitment to backing renewable resources combined with our existing gas pipeline infrastructure and export facilities make us the ideal state to lead the future production and export of hydrogen,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said a hydrogen showcase was being held at Parliament today outlining the benefits and opportunities of a homegrown hydrogen industry.

    Hydrogen industry experts Professor Ian Mackinnon and Dr Neil Thompson from QUT, regarded as world authorities in the field, attended the briefing.

    “We’re extremely fortunate to have world-class researchers and hydrogen industry representatives in Queensland, and Professor Mackinnon and Dr Thompson hold substantial academic and industry credentials in the field of research and commercial applications of hydrogen,” Mr Dick said.

    “We have heard about international research and development opportunities, latest emerging technology, and industry experiences from some of our best industry players.

    “Queensland has a strong future in hydrogen production and export and we are putting steps in place to make that happen, including the development of a hydrogen strategy for Queensland which will be released later this year.”

    Professor Mackinnon, from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, said the green hydrogen exported to Japan was produced by adding water and acid to a chemical called toluene using solar power as the energy source in the electrochemical conversion process.

    “The toluene is converted to a substance called methyl cyclohexane (MCH), which is an energy efficient and safe method for transporting hydrogen,” Professor Mackinnon said.

    “In this form, hydrogen can be shipped using conventional road and pipeline infrastructure.

    “Once it has arrived at its destination, the renewable hydrogen is extracted from the MCH and the toluene can be re-used in the transportation cycle.”

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    Lesley Major (Minister Dick’s Office) – 0419 288 284