Hydrogen: help or hype?

Much is being made of the announcement that at the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, hydrogen will burn in the Olympic torch and even power the athletes’ village.

By some accounts, in the not-too-distant future we’ll all be using this high-energy, ‘clean’ fuel to run our cars, heat our homes, cook our food and power our electric appliances. But as we transition to a low-carbon energy system, how much of this posited ‘hydrogen economy’ is realistic and how much is hype?

Renew energy analyst Andrew Reddaway has written a new discussion paper on this issue, Hydrogen – Help or Hype? to give the full picture of how useful hydrogen can be in a truly green economy.

Australian federal and state governments are working on a hydrogen strategy document to be completed by the end of this year. Renew has been involved in the roundtable discussions for the strategy.

Read Renew’s discussion paper Hydrogen – Help or Hype?

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Also look out for our article on hydrogen in the next edition of Renew magazine.