States team up with international partners on clean energy

Queensland has become the second Australian state to sign an agreement with Europe’s largest seaport in the hope of supplying green hydrogen to Europe.

Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni announced last week that Queensland had signed an MOU with the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands to collaborate on opportunities to develop a hydrogen export supply chain.

It comes after the WA government last year inked a similar MOU with the port, which is setting itself up as a major hydrogen import hub for Europe.

The Port of Rotterdam has a target to import up to 20 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, Mr de Brenni said, and the agreement was an endorsement of the state’s ambitions become a ‘green hydrogen superpower’.

He used a video address to the World Hydrogen Summit last week to sell Queensland’s credentials an investment partner for hydrogen and renewable energy.

“We are tapping our abundance of sunshine, wind and water, our new economy minerals and our skilled workforce to power our energy evolution,” he told world hydrogen leaders.

He also outlined the steps being taken to support a resilient and sustainable renewable energy supply chain, including the state’s $2 billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund which encourages publicly owned energy corporations to partner with private sector projects.

“We also have three Queensland Renewable Energy Zones that allow us to coordinate our vast supply of renewable energy and open doors to rapidly develop our green hydrogen hubs,” he said.

Queensland is due to release its 10-year Energy Plan in coming months.

WA’s green hydrogen agreement

WA announcing last November that it would work with the Port of Rotterdam to investigate renewable hydrogen export supply chains as it seeks to become a global renewable hydrogen supplier and moves to establish renewable hydrogen hubs in the Pilbara and Mid-West.

Commenting at the time of the WA announcment, CEO Allard Castelein said the Port of Rotterdam was proactively stimulating the development of new international hydrogen supply chains.

He played down challenges posed by the distance of distance between Australia and Europe saying local conditions such as the amount of sunshine, wind, availability of space and investment climate made locally produced hydrogen a viable product.

NSW signs agreement with Denmark

Meanwhile, NSW on Monday announced it had signed an agreement with global clean energy leader Denmark to open up trade opportunities and share expertise and research on renewables.

Pernille Dahler Kardel

The MOU encompasses collaboration on innovation, policy and program design, trade, investment and technology.

Danish Ambassador to Australia Pernille Dahler Kardel says collaboration on energy exports is a priority for the two governments under the deal, as well as integrating renewables and deploying transmission infrastructure and energy storage.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the MOU would accelerate NSW’s progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.

“NSW and Denmark already have ambitious policies in place to decarbonise our electricity grids but we can learn from each other’s experiences and address some of our trickiest challenges together,” Ms Kardel said.

“This MOU provides a framework not only for NSW to learn from Denmark, but for Denmark to benefit from our experiences developing Renewable Energy Zones, the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme and the Energy Security Safeguard.”

Wind and solar supply 50 per cent of Denmark’s electricity and it is currently looking to export its wind-generated power by building two ‘energy islands’ in the North Sea.

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