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 of 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:
- prepare and oversee an action plan that provides a clear pathway to establish a sustainable hydrogen industry
- establish and report to government regular assessments of the periodic state of play of the hydrogen industry globally and in Queensland
- monitor and report on regular milestones established under the action plan
- provide advice on an effective legislative, regulatory and policy framework
- work with industry across the hydrogen supply and demand chain to assist in accelerating industry growth in Queensland
- support the facilitation of projects and infrastructure in a way that ensures the Queensland’s best interests are met
- help deliver the current Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy’s objectives to support innovation, facilitate private investment, implement effective policy frameworks, build community awareness, and facilitate skills development
- help build a narrative that supports investment and confidence in renewable hydrogen
- acknowledge and understand the cross-portfolio work of the Hydrogen Delivery Unit via the Ministerial Hydrogen Roundtable.
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 closed at 5pm on 2 June 2021.
The second round of the fund focused on domestic applications in the transport sector, and the integration of renewable hydrogen into wastewater treatment plants.
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:
- 8 June 2021