New South Wales’ Hunter region will soon be home to what is believed to be Australia’s first ever hydrogen valley, unlocking potential world-class energy resources of the Central West, New England and Hunter-Central Coast renewable energy zones.
Dubbed the Hunter Hydrogen Network (H2N) project, the development will include large-scale hydrogen production, transportation and export projects to enable the development of a hydrogen economy in the region.
Such plans will be carried out by Energy Estate which has gathered together energy players, including AGL, APA Group, ITM Power, Idemitsu and Trafigura, RES Australia and WalchaEnergy, to support the development.
Further to that, Energy Estate is working closely with Beyond Zero Emissions on renewable energy industrial precincts in the Hunter and engagement with other regional stakeholders to ensure the project is developed utilising local skills and resources, with the aim of bringing new domestic manufacturing opportunities to the Hunter.
Commenting on the plans, Vincent Dwyer, Principal of Energy Estate, said, “H2N’s ambition is to enable Australia’s first hydrogen valley in the NSW Hunter, transforming the region into a global superpower of renewable energy supply.”
“A hydrogen economy and thriving supply chain in the Hunter has the potential to support local industry and workers into the jobs of the future and positions the Hunter in the race to be one of Australia’s leading renewable energy exporters.”
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