What is hydrogen energy?​


Hydrogen is a common chemical element. It’s odourless, colourless and lightweight zero-carbon gas. It can be stored, transported and used when needed as fuel for transport or heating, as a way to store energy or as a raw material in industrial processes. The Australian Government has signalled out plans to grow Australia’s hydrogen industry.

Types of hydrogen
‘Blue’ hydrogen can be produced using natural gas as a feedstock. This process generates carbon emissions which then need to be captured using Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. This technology is in development.

The CarbonNet project plans to store CO2 deep below the Gippsland Basin. The project is currently in Stage Three – Project Development and Commercial Establishment.

‘Green’ hydrogen is produced when the energy generated from renewable sources such as the sun, wind, tides or waves powers an electrolyser to convert water into hydrogen gas.

Green hydrogen production could sustainably power Victoria’s transport, agriculture and manufacturing sectors, while creating jobs in Gippsland and across the state.

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