Japanese government funds green hydrogen export project from South Australia

18 Nov 2021
The South Australian Government welcomes the Japanese Government awarding funding to Marubeni Corporation for a project to export green hydrogen produced in South Australia to the Indo-Pacific region.

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has selected Marubeni Corporation’s hydrogen production project in South Australia as a pilot project, as part of a program looking to cooperate with developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

At the COP 26 talks in Glasgow on 11 November, the project was showcased by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in a presentation titled “Building global supply chain of Green hydrogen to support the energy transition toward a decarbonised society.”

Marubeni will be procuring green hydrogen derived from renewable energy in South Australia and is working with the South Australian Government on project development, including site selection.

The project has been showcased as part of COP26 in Glasgow held on 11 November and hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ).

Minister of the Environment, Japan, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, said, “Today’s side event is a great start to our bilateral cooperation between Japan and Australia to expand the green hydrogen market and build an international supply chain in the Indo Pacific area, including the island countries in the Pacific.”

South Australia and Japan’s partnership on green hydrogen projects continues to gather momentum with further collaboration on realising both Australia and Japan’s goal of creating a carbon-neutral society through the export of low-cost, green hydrogen, produced by renewable energy resources from South Australia.

Marubeni is an important partner for the South Australian Government in supporting and showcasing that low-cost hydrogen production can be achieved right here in South Australia. 

Marubeni selected South Australia as its preferred location to capitalise on its available and high-quality natural resources, along with the state’s developed infrastructure.

Fewer than five projects were announced yesterday on the Japanese Pavilion side-event, as part of COP26, looking at ways to further hydrogen technology in export markets.

The South Australian Government has big ambitions of net-100% renewables by 2030, and 500% of current grid demand in renewable energy by 2050. 

The project is an exciting opportunity for South Australia to showcase to the world that the state is ideally located for low-cost, clean hydrogen production to help others to reach their carbon emissions reduction targets.