Day Two - 16 September

Opening remarks from the chair

Hannah McCaughey
Group Executive Transformation and Technology
APA Group

Industry perspective: Best practice policy drivers to fast track Australia’s hydrogen future
  • Do we have the right policies in place to transition to renewables?
  • Developing an effective policy framework to support the growth and development of green hydrogen in large scale industry

Robert Grant
Director Energy 
Fortescue Metals Group

Overcoming infrastructure issues

Scaling up pilot projects into commercial hydrogen production
  • Ensuring profitability when securing connections, offtake agreements, capital raising and planning permission
  • Choosing the right site for industrial hydrogen – environmental, regulatory and optimum purchasing conditions
  • Can hydrogen can be cost-competitive with existing ‘green’ energy generation technology?
  • What Horizon have learned so far from the Denham solar powered hydrogen plant

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

Smoothing the transition to hydrogen when converting existing industrial infrastructure

ENAEX and ENGIE have recently signed a strategic partnership to design, construct and operate of a green ammonia production complex in Mejillones, Northern Chile.

  • Integrating new technologies into an existing industrial site
  • Ensuring projects are scalable to secure cost competitiveness with traditional fossil fuels

Nils Grobet
Business Developer - Green Hydrogen
Engie (Chile)

Converting existing energy production infrastructure to adapt it to hydrogen
  • Setting up and managing feasibility studies to assess viability
  • Finding the right location for industrial-scale renewable hydrogen
  • Converting legacy infrastructure or buying/building from scratch

Lily Habib
Director of Projects
Pacific Hydro Australia

Vicente Manterola
Senior Development Engineer
Pacific Hydro Australia

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Leveraging existing hydropower capacity to build hydrogen production at scale
  • Achieving economic production of green hydrogen by

o building on existing renewable  generation and other infrastructure
o using high capacity factor renewable energy

  • Scaling up production of hydrogen using the unique attributes of the hydro system
  • Understanding the implications of guarantee of origin

Tony Field
Tasmanian Opportunities Manager 
Hydro Tasmania

CASE STUDY: How Nikola is solving the hydrogen infrastructure / chicken and egg problem in the USA

Nikola’s business model relies on also opening hydrogen fuelling stations across the USA to make using hydrogen trucks feasible. Nikola forecasts it will have 700 stations open by 2028.

  • Rolling out fleets of fuel cell trucks with a dedicated hydrogen station network ("The Omelette")
  • Bringing the infrastructure with the truck – the technology of hydrogen fuelling
  • Standardising hydrogen fuelling worldwide optimism

Jesse Schneider
Executive Vice President, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies
Nikola Motor Company (USA) 

The race to decarbonise – removing bottlenecks and de-risking hydrogen pathways for resources, industry, transport and export

• Lowering the barriers to wide scale adoption of hydrogen
• De-risking investment in relation to costs of hydrogen infrastructure
• Getting hydrogen to its end users efficiently

Ben McGarry
Future Energy Capability Leader

Defining who is going to buy hydrogen

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South Australia’s Hydrogen Export Study

South Australia is undertaking a pre-feasibility study into large-scale clean hydrogen production for international export to prospective markets in Asia, answering key questions such as:

  • What are the optimal locations in South Australia for hydrogen production and export?
  • What is the volume of supply potential?
  • What the landed cost of clean hydrogen exported from South Australia?

Richard Day
Director Low Carbon Industry Development 
South Australian Department for Energy and Mining

CASE STUDY: Lessons from the world’s first international supply chain, transporting hydrogen from Brunei to Japan

The Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD) consortium is projected to ship total of 210 metric tonnes of hydrogen between January and December 2020.

  • Overcoming the challenges of storing and moving hydrogen
  • Logistics of large-scale hydrogen production for export using liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology
  • Applying export technologies to the Australian market

Andrew Tan
President & Chief Executive Officer Australia 
Chiyoda Corporation

PANEL DISCUSSION: Who will the Australian hydrogen buyers be?
  • Which industries will move into hydrogen first and what will drive this change?
  • How low do prices have to be for hydrogen to be attractive and what subsidies or incentives will support hydrogen use?
  • How can organisations capitalise on the advantages of early adoption of hydrogen energy?

Hannah McCaughey
Group Executive Transformation and Technology
APA Group


Luke Blackbourn
Manager Government & External Relations
Yara International

Tony Field
Tasmanian Opportunities Manager
Hydro Tasmania

Sam Lee Mohan 
Manager Innovation Projects 

Working with stakeholders to accelerate the construction of industrial scale hydrogen for multiple end-users/purchasers
  • Conceiving a commercial project that matches investor’s interests and government policy
  • Partnering with end-users to share skills, resources and knowledge
  • Aligning the development of hydrogen production with the needs and infrastructure of off takers

Andrew Clennett
Chief Executive Officer
Hiringa Energy 

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Kickstarting the local hydrogen economy: strategies for increasing the use of hydrogen

The QHydrogen distributed renewable hydrogen hub will tap demand from the Port of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport.

  • Pricing equivalent to diesel with integration into existing fuel distribution networks
  • Active global collaboration to deliver cost effective Fuel Cell Electric equipment in Australia

Derek Thomas
WindandSea Research

Beyond hydrogen - Capitalising on the capabilities of renewable gases in a low-emission world

Using hydrogen to create renewable methane as the next major fuel for domestic and industrial applications
  • Evaluating the advantages of catalytic methane over hydrogen
  • Smoothing infrastructure issues – how easily could existing pipelines and gas generators convert to methane?
  • Learning from the results of integrated production pilot projects
  • Creating efficiencies in process integration to make methane commercially feasible

Jim Snow
Adjunct Professor 
University of Queensland Energy Initiative

Commercialising solid oxide electrolysis (SOE) technology to produce cost-effective green hydrogen
  • State of the art SOE and making this technology robust and reliable
  • Using SOE transient power management schemes to convert renewables to hydrogen and fuels
  • Integrating SOE to downstream: liquefied hydrogen and hydrogen carrier production

Aniruddha (Ani) Kulkarni
Senior Research Scientist
CSIRO Australia

Closing remarks from the chair

End of Day Two and close of conference