Gold Hydrogen hopes to be the first in Australia to discover naturally produced hydrogen in the earth’s crust. What would it be used for? It’s already gone mainstream and here’s how…

If there’s doubt in anyone’s mind as to how fast the world is moving to embrace hydrogen as a mainstream fuel source, some of the world’s biggest brands are dispelling those concerns.

 Aviation and motor vehicle companies have been the early movers, starting investigations or getting prototypes on the road so they can capitalise on hydrogen… citing both a cheaper cost and advantages to their carbon zero plans.

In this country, our own CSIR has partnered with behemoth Boeing to produce a report on how clean hydrogen-based technologies can make a significant contribution to emissions reduction in the aviation sector.

The report is taking a short and long-term look at the hydrogen advantages.

Right now, it is concentrating on airport equipment that currently runs on liquid fuels and batteries, replacing those with hydrogen powered fuel cell alternatives.

In the medium term, hydrogen and carbon dioxide could be mixed to produce a ‘drop-in’ jet fuel that requires no change in existing aircraft infrastructure. This would be a major way to achieve meaningful decarbonisation before 2050.

Longer term, new fuel types will need to be considered, such as electrofuels. Hydrogen could play a key role there.