Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce
The Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce has been established to fast-track the development, production, export and use of hydrogen in Queensland.
The Taskforce brings together professionals from across the government with expertise in economic development, infrastructure planning, regulations, skills development and logistics.
Queensland is well placed for renewable hydrogen production with significant renewable energy resources and available land to support further renewables expansion.
The Queensland Government is developing and expanding the production of hydrogen as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
Hydrogen production will:
- play a critical role in helping us reach our 50% renewable energy target by 2030
- create new jobs
- open a new export market for the state
- entice foreign investment.
Around $60 million has already been committed across multiple initiatives to help stimulate the hydrogen supply chain and support future hydrogen jobs in Queensland.
The Taskforce includes the following members:
- Professor Peta Ashworth (OAM), Director N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, University of Queensland
- Professor Ian Mackinnon Professor Science and Engineering Faculty, School and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Queensland University of Technology
- Ms Vanessa Sullivan, Director, Sunwater
- Ms Renata Berglas, CEO, Queensland Transport Logistics Council
- Ms Toni Power, Queensland’s Coordinator-General
- Mr Paul Martyn, Chief Executive Officer, Trade and Investment Queensland
- Mr James Purtill, Director-General, Department of Energy and Public Works.
Guided by the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024, the Taskforce will:
- provide a clear pathway to establishing a sustainable hydrogen supply chain in Queensland via an action plan for government approval
- provide regular reports to government on the periodic state of play of the hydrogen sector globally and in Queensland
- ensure an effective legislative, regulatory and policy framework
- work with industry to accelerate the growth of the hydrogen supply chain in Queensland in a way that enables the onshoring of manufacturing and sustainability of the resources sector
- facilitate projects and infrastructure in the state’s best interests
- ensure the regular milestones established under the action plan are met
- contribute to a hydrogen narrative that supports investment and builds citizen confidence in the renewable energy sector via appropriate communication and advertising
- deliver the Queensland Hydrogen Strategy 2024-2030 for government consideration by 30 September 2023.
Hydrogen Industry Development Fund
The Hydrogen Industry Development Fund was established to enable the private sector to sustainably develop a hydrogen sector in Queensland.
Applications to the first funding round closed in August 2019 and four projects with a total estimated project value of $37.2 million were approved in February 2020.
The approved projects cover a range of hydrogen applications including transport, gas blending and remote power.
The approved projects are:
- Australian Gas Networks Limited - up to $1.78 million to build a renewable hydrogen production facility and undertake a gas blending trial of up to 10% hydrogen into the Gladstone City gas distribution network.
- Jilrift Pty Limited - up to $0.94 million to build a renewable hydrogen plant and demonstrate use of low-pressure hydride remote power systems at its eco-camps within the Spicers Resorts Scenic Rim trail.
- Sun Metals Corporation - up to $5 million for integration of renewable hydrogen into potential applications including remote area power, transport and heavy industry.
- University of Queensland - up to $4.85 million to build a renewable hydrogen plant and refuelling facility to service inter-campus hydrogen buses between St Lucia and Gatton.
Hydrogen Industry Development Fund Round 2
The second round of the Hydrogen Industry Development Fund opened on 10 March 2021. Applications for the second round will close at 5pm on 2 June 2021.
The second round will focus on domestic applications in the transport sector, and the integration of renewable hydrogen into wastewater treatment plants.
Project proponents may include private and public companies, partnerships, government owned corporations and local governments, and could access up to $5 million in financial assistance.
The Fund is administered by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
Renewable energy zones
A renewable energy zone brings together a coordinated mix of generation, network upgrades, demand, and potentially storage, to deliver renewable electricity investments more efficiently than developing projects individually.
The government’s establishment and investment into renewable energy zones will further enable opportunities to develop hydrogen hubs across Queensland.
The renewable zones investment will inject economic activity into our regional communities, supporting the COVID-19 road to recovery strategy.
It will position Queensland as a renewable energy investment destination, support decarbonisation and efficiency goals and create long term employment.
- Last updated:
- 17 March 2021