September 18 (Renewables Now) - The Western Australian government has opened for applications an AUD-10-million (USD 6.8m/EUR 6.2m) fund that will finance the development of projects in the field of renewable hydrogen production.
The move was announced on Wednesday by Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food. Under the initiative, the state will provide grants of between AUD 300,000 and AUD 3 million for feasibility studies, demonstration projects or for new capital works projects.
The largest portion of the funding, up to AUD 7 million, will go for projects located in regional Western Australia, while up to AUD 2 million will be allocated for schemes in the Perth metropolitan area. An additional AUD 1 million of the funds will be set aside for the state government’s recently-established Renewable Hydrogen Unit, which aims to facilitate the co-ordination of activities within the renewable hydrogen strategy.
Funding applications will be accepted by October 30, 2019.
The Renewable Hydrogen Fund was set up to support Western Australia’s ambition to position itself as a major producer and exporter of renewable hydrogen. Its four strategic focus areas include the production and export of green hydrogen, the use of hydrogen in remote applications, blending it with gas supplies and using it as a transportation fuel.
"Renewable hydrogen could be the next big job-creating industry for Western Australia [..],” the Governor said.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.684/EUR 0.619)