Aussies to build ‘country’s first’ H2 valley

The project will initially produce green hydrogen for mining, vehicles and other industrial uses

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What if peaceful valleys and giant green landscapes were transformed into hydrogen hubs to cover the energy needs of the future?

A coalition lead by renewables advisory firm Energy Estate has unveiled plans to develop what is claimed to be Australia’s first hydrogen valley in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

The so-called Hunter Hydrogen Network (H2N) project will be a massive hub for hydrogen production, transportation and export.

In its first phase, the project aims to produce green hydrogen for mining, vehicles and other industrial uses.

The hub will later support hydrogen transportation through a pipeline supplying local consumers and exporters, including producers of green ammonia.

The consortium includes energy utility AGL, energy infrastructure business APA Group, UK-based manufacturer ITM Power, energy company Idemitsu, trader Trafigura and renewable energy developers RES Australia and WalchaEnergy.

Energy Estate Principal Vincent Dwyer said: “H2N’s ambition is to enable Australia’s first hydrogen valley in the NSW Hunter, transforming the region into a global superpower of renewable energy supply.”

Energy Estate Principal Simon Currie commented: “The project will be critical in enabling new long-term, sustainable jobs and will underpin the clean industrial precincts across the region.”

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