MEDIA BRIEFING: Hydrogen dream – how close are we?

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Hydrogen is the quiet revolution on our doorstep and potentially the biggest and most important 'clean' energy development in decades. Canberra has just opened its first hydrogen refuelling station, QLD has made its first shipment of 'green' hydrogen to Japan and trials are being run around the country with industry, research and government bodies scrambling to be part of the action. But how close are we to realising the hydrogen dream and could it all collapse like so many other miracle energy cures? How soon could our transport sector be fuelled by hydrogen and where do electric cars fit in? Could Australia be a net exporter of hydrogen fuel and what impact could this have on our economy? What could hold us back?

Organisation/s: Monash University, The Australian National University, CSIRO, Australian Science Media Centre

Funder: This briefing is the first in a series of online media briefings on Emerging Technologies hosted by the AusSMC and supported by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Brighter (a community and stakeholder engagement initiative of APPEA). The AusSMC retains full editorial control for all briefings.

Media release

Listen to the recording of this background briefing to hear from three of the country’s top energy experts. Link available below.

Speakers:

  • Professor Douglas MacFarlane is the program leader of the Energy Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, an ARC Laureate Fellow at Monash University and a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering. 
  • Professor Ken Baldwin is Director of the Energy Change Institute at the Australian National University. 
  • Dr Daniel Roberts is Leader of the CSIRO Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform.

This briefing is the first in a series of online media briefings on Emerging Technologies hosted by the AusSMC and supported by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Brighter  (a community and stakeholder engagement initiative of APPEA). The AusSMC retains full editorial control for all briefings.

Attachments:

  • Australian Science Media Centre
    Web page
    A full recording of the briefing

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