The world's largest hydrogen export demonstration project – the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project - has reached a major milestone with hydrogen production from the coal gasification and hydrogen refining facility commencing.

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Located in the Latrobe Valley, eastern Victoria, the facility is converting brown coal into hydrogen gas which is transported to Port of Hastings.

It will then be liquified and shipped to Japan in the world’s first, purpose-built liquified hydrogen carrier.

The HESC will help to position Victoria as a significant exporter of clean hydrogen, world leader in the development of hydrogen technologies and destination of choice for global investors.

It will also assist in establishing local hydrogen skills, capabilities and infrastructure that will provide a platform for the development of a broad hydrogen industry in the State and Australia.

This will provide the ideal business environment for the growth of renewable hydrogen as Victoria’s ambitious renewable energy targets are achieved over the next decade.

The HESC Pilot Project is being developed by a consortium of Japan’s top energy and infrastructure companies, with the full support of the Victorian, Commonwealth and Japanese governments.

The consortium partners include Kawasaki Heavy Industries, J-Power, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, and AGL.

J-Power is in charge of the coal gasification and hydrogen refining facility, which commenced construction in November 2019.