Australia's hydrogen exports - Potential Pitfalls
- Dec 24, 2019 9:33 pm GMTDec 24, 2019 9:28 pm GMT
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Hydrogen production by SMR - Steam Methane Reforming (Image credit: Student Energy)
This is a continuation of the third and final part in my series of articles on hydrogen. It addresses several of the arguments against Australia developing a hydrogen economy based around exports.
1. What if Japan decides to generate its own clean energy?
That would be a problem. However, it’s not considered likely due to a lack of suitable sites. Japan has great geothermal potential, but in mostly mountainous sites. The best large-scale hydro sites have already been exploited. Onshore wind faces land use restrictions. So solar and offshore wind present the best opportunities. But the weather includes a rainy season and regular snowfall so isn’t great for solar.