Four mega-miners form green consortium to push hydrogen

Four of Australia’s biggest miners will investigate ways to use hydrogen to remove carbon dioxide from their operations.

Mar 19, 2020, updated Mar 19, 2020

Hatch, BHP, Fortescue and Anglo have teamed up in the consortium to find ways to overcome the problems associated with hydrogen.

“The goal is to identify opportunities to develop green hydrogen technologies for the resources sector and other heavy industries and provide a mechanism for suppliers and operators to contribute to and engage with these development activities,” the consortium said.

Hydrogen is relatively easy to produce energy source but it is expensive, it’s volatile and difficult to transport.

Queensland is trying to establish its own green hydrogen industry, with the potential to export it to countries such as Japan and South Korea which have shown a strong interest in using hydrogen for energy generation.

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Green hydrogen uses water and renewable energy. Other states have similar programs. Victoria is using its vast brown coal reserves as a base and hoping to find ways to sequester the CO2 emissions.

The consortium have committed to reducing their individual CO2 emissions and trying to find ways to overcome hydrogen’s hurdles. Some members of the consortium are considering the production of hydrogen on-site.

The are hoping to reduce the cost of hydrogen production and increase technical capabilities.

Hatch will be the project manager and governance facilitator for the Green Hydrogen Consortium.

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