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World's biggest miner begins hydrogen journey

18 Mar 2020 5:10 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

MINING giant BHP has joined with Anglo American, Fortescue and Hatch to form a Green Hydrogen Consortium aimed at finding ways to use green hydrogen to accelerate.

The main aim of the consortium is to collectively help to eliminate the obstacles to the adoption of green hydrogen technologies.  

The goal is to identify opportunities to develop green hydrogen technologies for the resources sector and other heavy industries, and provide a mechanism for suppliers and operators to contribute to and engage with these development activities.  

Some of the proposed activities include undertaking research, technology and supply chain development, and piloting green hydrogen technologies to seek to de-risk and accelerate the technologies.  

Ontario-based engineering firm Hatch has been appointed as the project management and governance facilitator of the new consortium.   

The consortium will work collaboratively with customers and suppliers to find solutions for the emissions associated with the use of their products and in their supply chains.  

Western Australia minster for regional development Alannah MacTiernan said the collaboration would cement the state's place on the world stage as a green hydrogen innovator and producer. 

"Green hydrogen provides a real opportunity to reduce diesel consumption and decarbonise mine site operations, with potential for fuel cells to power fixed and mobile plants, mining vehicles and feedstock," she said. 

In late 2018, FMG formed a A$20 million research hydrogen research partnership with CSIRO, while Anglo has been looking into hydrogen fuel cell mining trucks.

Source: Energy News Bulletin

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