For Australia and most other countries throughout the world, ensuring a reliable supply of renewable electricity is key. However, being able to store excess electricity is an expensive issue which often coincides with debates between the feasibility of batteries and hydrogen (with battery storage usually coming out on top).
Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of a global hi-tech company believes otherwise, putting focus on wind and solar will allow Hydrogen to complement them by storing generated electricity at large scales for when generation yields are too low.
In December the Coag energy council will consider a proposal being developed by the Department of Energy and Environment and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for how Australia can develop a coordinated national strategy to put this country at the forefront of producing hydrogen as a major commodity.
It is believed that the benefits are enormous for economic, environmental and social reasons reaping benefits throughout the coming decades. Hydrogen, like natural gas is a much cleaner option, and can be used to heat buildings and power vehicles but unlike natural gas or petrol, when hydrogen is burned there are no CO2 emissions.
Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of a global hi-tech company, wants a focus on wind and solar. Hydrogen can complement them by doing what they can’t: it can be used to store renewable energy at large scale and for short periods from hours to months to provide dispatchable, fair dinkum energy when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.