The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project has achieved a significant milestone, with the arrival of the world’s first liquified hydrogen carrier at the Port of Hastings, Victoria.

The tanker, the Suiso Frontier, will transport hydrogen produced from the HESC pilot project in the Latrobe Valley, proving the viability of a hydrogen export market between Australia and Japan.

The commercial HESC project aims to produce 225,000 tonnes of clean hydrogen each year, the equivalent of taking 350,000 petrol cars off the road. The hydrogen produced by the HESC Project is from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley with the carbon dioxide being permanently and safely stored over 1km underground in the Bass Strait.

The CarbonNet Project, lead by the Victorian Government, is creating a world-class sequestration hub that will not only safely and permanently store the carbon dioxide from the HESC project, but will also enable other carbon intensive industries in the Latrobe Valley an option to lower their emissions.

EY Australia recently conducted a CCS Regional Economic Benefit Assessment for Gippsland for CarbonNet highlighting that the CCS industry in Gippsland would safeguard existing jobs, introduce new industries and employment opportunities to the Latrobe Valley.

CO2CRC, a world leading CCUS research organisation based in Melbourne, is actively involved in providing technical knowledge and research for both the HESC Project and the CarbonNet Project. CO2CRC’s technical knowledge supported the production and purification of hydrogen from brown coal and CO2CRC’s research into lowering the cost of storing carbon dioxide is supporting the commercial success for the CarbonNet Project.

CO2CRC is proud to support this world leading clean hydrogen supply chain and congratulates CO2CRC Members, J-Power, Shell, and CarbonNet on reaching this significant milestone in Australia’s clean energy future.