Trade and Investment Queensland’s Green Hydrogen Vision

Over the last eight months, ABIE France Business Member Linda Apelt (Agent-General for Queensland in the United Kingdom and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Europe), along with Professor Ian Mackinnon (Hydrogen Strategy Adviser to the Queensland Government), the Queensland Department of State Development, Tourism and InnovationNational Energy Resources Australia (NERA) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have been ‘touring’ their virtual Queensland Hydrogen Roadshow across five European countries, with the support of :

  • The Belgium Hydrogen Consortium
  • The French Business Confederation (MEDEF International) Hydrogen Taskforce
  • The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UKHFCA)
  • The German Hydrogen and Fuels Cell Association (NOW)
  • The Dutch employers’ association, FME.
The purpose of this roadshow has been to share Queensland’s green hydrogen vision with important stakeholders across Europe. In total, Linda Apelt and her team have brought together around 200 key players committed to renewable hydrogen production.  

In her article published on the 5th November, Linda Apelt explains the three reasons why green hydrogen has become a global project. Firstly, she highlights how every visionary government wants to engage with green hydrogen in an effort to decarbonise. Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy aims to position Australia’s hydrogen industry as a major player by 2030, while the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy seeks to put Queensland at the forefront of Australia’s renewable hydrogen production for both domestic and export markets. Secondly, different countries have different strengths and this should be used to everyone’s advantage. As an example, Linda Apelt indicates that Europe has a large population and an energy demand that is unlikely to be met by domestic production. On the other hand, Queensland offers numerous natural advantages for the production of renewable hydrogen and this production can potentially meet Europe’s needs. Lastly, global collaboration in fields such as scientific research can lead to green hydrogen research and pilots around the world sharing their findings faster.

The newly re-elected Queensland Government has also just appointed Australia’s first dedicated Minister for Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, who will serve as Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement.

To read the full article, click here.

For more information about Neoen’s recent investment in solar energy which is key to the production of green hydrogen – an example of a France-Queensland case study – click here to read the press release.