Hydrogen generation for refuelling fuel cell vehicles (H2 Generation)
One step closer to an Australian renewable hydrogen industry
The growing global demand for clean hydrogen fuel represents a significant opportunity to establish an Australian renewable hydrogen export industry. By using liquid ammonia produced in Australia from renewable energy as a carrier, renewable hydrogen can be distributed to emerging markets in Japan, Korea and Europe using existing infrastructure. The gap in the technology chain is a device which can efficiently and inexpensively convert ammonia into high-purity hydrogen at or near the point of use.
The SIEF Experimental Development Program (EDP) supported CSIRO’s construction and operation of a demonstration plant using its metal membrane technology capable of extracting pure hydrogen from liquid ammonia, for refuelling Australia’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles.
The outcomes of this project will advance the technology for producing high-purity hydrogen from ammonia to be commercialisation-ready and primed to enter domestic and international markets as an alternative energy source, with projected impacts including:
- Creating Australia’s first hydrogen generator for fuel cell vehicles, thereby increasing our reputation and scientific knowledge in hydrogen-selective membranes and their manufacture and application in industry.
- Contributing to the development of an Australian renewable hydrogen export industry, providing economic value in terms of job growth, entrepreneurial business opportunities, and increased domestic market and export value.
- Enhancing Australia’s economic competitiveness through energy security delivered by sustainable, low-emission technology; reducing environmentally harmful reliance on oil and fossil fuels.