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Declaration of Intent signed to establish German-Australian hydrogen alliance
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek today signed a Declaration of Intent with Angus Taylor, the Australian Minister for Energy, to establish the ‘Germany-Australia Hydrogen Accord’.
The German-Australian collaboration can enable the import of sustainably produced hydrogen in sizeable quantities – an important element in the effort to attain our upgraded climate targets.
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: “The Germany-Australia Hydrogen Accord is another key milestone for the German-Australian Energy Partnership. Hydrogen is not only a key enabling technology for the decarbonisation of our countries, but also paves the way for sustainable economic growth on the road to climate neutrality. It is especially against this background that I welcome our cooperation in the fields of industry and trade as well as applied research and look forward to bringing the Hydrogen Accord to life. Via German-Australian hydrogen hubs, for example, we will speed up the industrial-scale production of hydrogen in Australia using German technology and discuss possibilities for cooperation within the framework of ‘H2-Global’, our new international funding instrument.”
Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek said: “This German-Australian collaboration provides German companies with opportunities for technology exports. The HyGATE technology incubator helps us to bring together stakeholders from science and business from both countries in order to develop, demonstrate and test under real-life conditions green hydrogen technologies along the entire value chain – from generation and storage to transport and use. There is another important advantage to this partnership: a country like Australia, which has traditionally been a large-scale exporter of coal, is now creating a new, climate-friendly future for itself as it sets about ‘shipping the sunshine’, i.e. turning Australian sunlight into a practical export commodity. To support the cooperation, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is planning to provide up to €50 million over a period of three years.”
The Accord is to be integrated into the activities of the existing German-Australian Energy Partnership, which places a key focus on hydrogen.
Australia has committed itself to support the cooperation by providing substantial financial resources of its own. German companies have a keen interest in participating in Australia-based hydrogen projects, for example by supplying electrolysers.
The Accord comprises three different initiatives:
1. HyGATE (under the lead responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research): co-financing of an Australian-German H2 incubator for applied research. Germany is contributing €50 million. The aim of the incubator is to develop and improve hydrogen technologies and to test them under real-life conditions before bringing them to scale.
2. Co-financing of hydrogen hubs (under the lead responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy): industrial-scale production of hydrogen in Australia using German technology. To be co-financed via Germany’s planned funding guideline for international hydrogen projects and Australian funding for hydrogen hubs. To support these hubs, Australia has approved a funding programme totalling AUD 275 million (€175 million). Some of these funds are to be prioritised for those hubs using German technology. In addition, a German-Australian Industry Group is to be launched in order to identify projects along the value chain which lend themselves to the planned co-financing and cooperation.
3. Cooperation on hydrogen trade (under the lead responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy): co-financing of an auction to be held in the context of H2-Global, which will be limited to bidders from Australia. Australia is willing to provide some €50 million to support an auction within H2-Global with the purpose of exporting Australian hydrogen (or hydrogen derivatives) to Germany.