A Japanese delegation interested in renewable energy toured some of Queensland’s most exciting green hydrogen projects on 5 September.

Thirteen delegation members from Japanese companies and universities visited the Redlands Research Facility in Cleveland.

The facility is using solar power to generate green hydrogen from sea water, with the only emissions being water.

The Redlands project is a joint initiative of Japan’s Sumitomo Electric Industries and The Queensland of University, who were introduced to each other by TIQ.

While at the facility, the delegates also viewed a presentation on the H2Xport project.

Funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and led by the Queensland University of Technology, H2Xport is researching cost-effective renewable hydrogen through materials, modelling and process innovation.

After visiting the Redlands facility, the delegation moved on to the Sir Samuel Griffith Building at Griffith University – a 2MWh hybrid renewable energy building with hydrogen power.

Speaking at a delegation breakfast hosted by Origin Energy, TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said hydrogen projects presented great opportunities in new energy and investment.

‘Renewable hydrogen presents exciting domestic and international opportunities, and we want Queensland to be at the forefront of renewable hydrogen production in Australia,’ Mr Martyn said.

‘Queensland’s pro-business environment, established infrastructure, export facilities, skilled workforce and abundant solar resources and land means we are well positioned to be the global partner of choice to meet international demand for hydrogen.

‘Our proximity to Asia also provides us with many wonderful opportunities and access to international markets.’

Queensland averages 300 days of sunshine each year, making it an ideal location to establish facilities to produce hydrogen from solar sources.

The Redlands facility has already produced hydrogen that was subsequently exported to Japan in a world-first trial in March 2019.

The Japanese delegation, which also visited Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, included representatives from:

  • the University of Tokyo’s Research Centre for Advance Science and Technology
  • Tokyo Gas
  • Komatsu
  • Chiyoda Corporation
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • JXTG Energy Corporation
  • Sumitomo Electric Corporation
  • Actree Ltd.

Under the Queensland Climate Transition Strategy, the Queensland Government has committed to generating 50% of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Renewables and biofuels are also identified as a growing export market in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.