SA to export hydrogen to Indonesia this year

South Australia will launch exports of hydrogen to Indonesia later this year when a $12.5 million project comes on stream in Adelaide’s north.

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment and Japanese company Marubeni are funding the project at Bolivar.

The facility will create low-cost hydrogen from renewable resources and allow its transport in a metal hydride container to Indonesia.

It includes a five-megawatt battery storage system and a demonstrator-scale 150-kilowatt electrolyser that uses proton exchange membrane technology.

The demonstration plant is expected to be operational by August, with hydrogen exports beginning late this year.

The Bolivar site, owned by SA Water, provides the potential for Marubeni to expand its current capacity, dependent on future demand for hydrogen.

“South Australia is already a leader in renewable energy, which places our state in a strong position to become a global leader in green hydrogen for the long-term future,” Trade and Investment Minister Nick Champion said.

“Our state has demonstrated capabilities and huge potential for expansion in this industry.”

The Marubeni Corporation is a trading and investment group employing more than 4000 staff in 67 countries.

The business covers a wide range of sectors, from metal and mineral resources, real estate, forest products, food and chemicals to energy and construction, automotive and industrial machinery.

Executive officer Satoru Harada said a recent ground-breaking ceremony in Adelaide was a significant milestone in Marubeni’s commitment to a clean energy future.

“Green hydrogen has the potential to revolutionise the way we produce and use energy,” he said.

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