Key Themes

Going beyond ‘why hydrogen and why now?’ the day one content is focused on giving attendees an accurate big picture of key issues defining the progress of hydrogen. The agenda will explore federal and state policy, insight into progress in countries such as Germany, the UK, export markets such as South Korea and Japan, and the role of the financial community in supporting hydrogen project through this germination phase. Above all, the day will establish vision and a sense of purpose for those working in the sector by hearing from thought-leaders and key influential figures driving progress to a more sustainable future through hydrogen.

NEM’s reliability and hydrogen - can hydrogen really be a solution to the issues of the NEM’s reliability as a utility-scale storage mechanism and what will its place be alongside big batteries?
Water scarcity and stakeholder management issues – where’s all the water going to come from to fuel an industry in a country that experiences drought?
Federal and state policy – could a hydrogen industry lead to further disruption of the energy sector, drive up consumer prices and result in resource scarcity? Can governments put in place a policy framework that supports a fledgling hydrogen industry while protecting the energy market?
Social licence to operate – how can the industry secure a licence to operate from affected communities and the wider public?
International progress in comparable markets – California, UK, Germany, New Zealand
Export market opportunities – Japan, South Korea, China – insights on export opportunities

Day two will focus on the more nuanced technical and commercial challenges that need to be overcome to ensure hydrogen can be produced economically, and at a price that end-users will accept. Given the nascent state of development this means having conversations that are more open in nature in the form of roundtables and breakouts – where people can speak in speculative and creative ways to allow commercial ideas to be debated and assessed.

Gas infrastructure adaption – how can gas distribution infrastructure be adapted to hydrogen, what will be the carrying capacity of the pipelines? How much will they charge for hydrogen transportation?  Do pipelines need further regulation to lower cost of gas and hydrogen transport?
Transport and mobility – what’s the progress in hydrogen cars, what is the outlook for H2 mobility growth and how will it compete with electric vehicles and fossil-fuel-fuelled vehicles for the coming 5-10 years?
Other end-use for chemical inputs and electricity – how ready are these hydrogen applications to meet the supply
Renewables projects and hydrogen – how can renewables generators develop a robust hydrogen commercial strategy?
• Fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage and ‘brown’ hydrogen – is this just a whitewashing exercise for oil, gas and coal or does CCS tech have scientifically-proven potential to limit climate impacts?

Day three will be a series of detailed workshops – overcoming hydrogen technical challenges. The content will be focusing on engineering and project management issues in executing hydrogen projects in generation and infrastructure.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop please get in touch with Nischal Aryal, Partnerships Manager; or call +61 (0)2 8488 9948 / M: +61 (0)481 367 39

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