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Renewables Tasmania

Tasmanian Hydrogen Demand Study

The objective of the Tasmanian Hydrogen Demand Study is to determine near-term Tasmanian hydrogen demand opportunities. This aligns to the Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan (TRHAP) goal of having commenced local production and use of renewable hydrogen in Tasmania by 2022-24, and will recommend the options that Government could take through further funding to activate these opportunities.

A secondary objective is to start identifying businesses interested in Hydrogen opportunities as part of building the proposed Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Network.

Scope

The study will be aligned with the TRHAP action items, but will be focused on likely near-term opportunities rather than potential longer-term projects (e.g. rail and aviation applications).

The proposed scope includes the following tasks:

  1. Through technical review and stakeholder engagement, identify relevant transport businesses that are interested in participating in viable near-term hydrogen trials, in passenger, freight, and other mobility applications.  This may include:
    1. Bus and coach operators; urban, intercity, regional, and tourism.
    2. Logistics/freight business that operate semi-trailers through to fleets of delivery vans.  Forklift opportunities can also be assessed, although hydrogen demand for forklifts is relatively low compared to heavy vehicles.
    3. Ferry and barge operators; TasPorts, aquaculture, and tourism businesses.  Note that marine applications could be a longer-term opportunity, however initial high-level conversations with potential stakeholders may be worthwhile.
    4. Waste management operators; local councils and private operators of garbage trucks.
  2. Engage with stakeholders in Natural Gas and identify their interest and appetite for a move to hydrogen, and potentially any potential hydrogen/natural gas blending projects, or a small 100% hydrogen project that could be progressed or facilitated into the future.
  3. Once stakeholder interest and opportunities have been identified, gather vehicle fleet information; vehicle/vessel types and numbers, fuel type, fuel economy/consumption figures, depots/ports, and other key operating locations to evaluate the availability of potential replacement hydrogen technology (e.g. equivalent hydrogen vehicles) and identify high priority hydrogen infrastructure locations; including hydrogen refuelling stations and gas blending and injection points.
  4. Preparation of a summary report, outlining scenarios for development of near-term hydrogen demonstration projects, within the budget available, and provide recommendations to Cabinet.  As well as looking at cost, the report should identify how different scenarios will address key enablers to a hydrogen transition including industry and regulatory learning, building of community awareness and social licence, and the establishment of future infrastructure development.

This report is scheduled to be done by the end of March 2021.

Want more information or give input into this Study?

If you are interested in updates, register here.

You can also contact Simon Troman, Manager Hydrogen Development Unit, to discuss more specific opportunities - simon.troman@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.