Department of State Development

02 Jul 2019 Energy and mining

South Australia joins global Green Ammonia Consortium to drive renewable hydrogen exports

The South Australian Government has joined a global energy consortium, in a bid to further develop the state’s hydrogen production and export industry.

Headed by Tokyo Gas advisor Shigeru Muraki, the Consortium has been established as an independent association under Japanese law, with membership open to global entities with an interest in green (renewable) ammonia.

With global demand for hydrogen increasing as a carbon-free fuel for transport, power and heating, energy-hungry nations such as Japan and the Republic of Korea are seeking to utilise hydrogen to reduce their reliance on imported fossil fuels.

Green ammonia – a chemical compound of nitrogen and renewable hydrogen - is considered one of the most prospective chemical carriers of hydrogen, as well as a potential fuel for large scale power stations, making it an attractive export opportunity.

More than 60 companies and institutions have been invited to join the Consortium including; IHI Corporation, UBE Industries Ltd, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd, Tokyo Gas, Toyo Engineering Co, Ltd, JGC Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Mitsui & Co, and Mitsubishi Corporation, as well as three Australian companies; H2U, Woodside, and Fortescue Metals Group.

The Government of South Australia, Austrade and CSIRO have been invited to join as advisory members.