The Northern Territory is preparing to trial its first hydrogen energy storage system – including a hydrogen generator, 8kWh of storage and fuel-cell system – in partnership with the Charles Darwin University (CDU) in Darwin.

The hydrogen energy storage system (HESS) will be operated by the CDU’s Energy and Resources Institute (ERI) for industry partners, students and researchers, to further develop and commercialise hydrogen as an energy source.

The Northern Territory is one of several Australian states and territories positioning itself to be a hydrogen player as part of its larger aspirational target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

According to the Territory government’s own website, “The Territory is positioning itself to be at the forefront of the developing hydrogen industry and aspires to be an international scale renewable hydrogen technology research, production and downstream manufacturing centre.”

Such a future hydrogen industry would need comprehensive research and evaluation, according to CDU’s ERI director, Professor Suresh Thennadil, as well as a trained workforce with the appropriate skills.

“There is still a lot of work to do for the NT to become a hydrogen producer for a global energy market that is investing heavily in alternative fuels,” Professor Thennadil said.

Extracted in full from: NT trials territory’s first hydrogen energy storage system | RenewEconomy