The study will examine the possibility to ship hydrogen to supply Germany and Europe with renewables sources of energy.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is also involved in the project from the point of view of possible new trade corridors for hydrogen, in this case via Rotterdam to Germany.
The HySupply study is expected to take two years to complete. Apart from the study itself, a roadmap for implementation will also be developed during that period and intensive dialogue will take place between German and Australian stakeholders in particular, also at government level.
Hydrogen provides us with the opportunity of shipping the Australian sunshine to Germany. Now we want to find out how this can be done on a large scale and over long distances. This requires pressing research issues to be clarified at the interfaces of the entire system, from production to transport, conversion, and end use. If we succeed, we will have found a strong partner in Australia
stated Robert Schlögl, Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and one of the leaders of the HySupply project in Germany.
In addition, according to Associate Professor Iain MacGill who heads the Australian UNSW-led consortium partnering with Germany, "the great renewable energy potential, infrastructure, and energy exporting expertise of Australia, together with the manufacturing excellence and energy import needs of Germany, presents an ideal opportunity to establish a hydrogen value chain partnership."