RESEARCH REPORT – Options for production of low cost clean hydrogen for export


CSIRO has recently completed a study commissioned by an ACI member company, Cleantech Energy Australia (CEA). The study was intended to estimate the cost of producing export quantities of clean hydrogen in 2030 when the “hydrogen society” in Japan is expected to ramp up. 

The study produced up-to-the-minute best estimates of the cost of producing clean hydrogen by three methods: pyrolysis of lignite with carbon capture and storage (CCS), gasification of lignite with CCS, and electrolysis of water using dedicated wind or solar renewable electricity.

The study was jointly funded by CEA and ACI, using funding from the Victorian government and Australian Low Emissions Coal Research and Development Ltd (ANLEC R&D). CSIRO conducted a desktop costing study in collaboration with Monash University and Gamma Energy Technology.

ACI does not normally publish final project reports online. An exception is made in this case, with the permission of CEA and the contributors, because ACI regards the outcomes of this study to be of national significance.
The hydrogen production cost estimates provided in this report are an update on those contained in CSIRO’s ‘National Hydrogen Roadmap’ study of 2018. They are based on the best available cost estimate data and are focussed specifically on Victoria.

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FEASIBILITY STUDY - Regional Carbon Innovation Centre (RCIC)


Australian Carbon Innovation and Federation University have released a report on the feasibility study of a Regional Carbon Innovation Centre (RCIC) proposed for the Latrobe Valley.

The aim of the study is to evaluate the potential of a large-scale research and demonstration facility for the Gippsland and Latrobe Region that will sustainably develop the regions’ carbon resources. The study covers the viability, key benefits, potential locations, planning considerations and demands for a facility in support of an application for funding and subsequent planning and development stages.

This study has been funded by Regional Development Victoria with contributions from Federation University (FedUni) and Australian Carbon Innovation (ACI).

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RESEARCH REPORT - Opportunities for Carbon Dioxide recycling in Victoria


ACI has produced a report highlighting the potential of CO₂ recycling for the creation of new business opportunities in Victoria. Rapid progress is being made in CO₂ recycling overseas, while Victoria hosts a research infrastructure to allow similar developments locally.


This study reports on all the currently prospective CO₂ recycling technologies, including (i) direct use of CO₂, (ii) biological conversion of CO₂, (iii) inorganic carbonation, (iv) catalytic chemical conversion of CO₂, and (v) electrochemical conversion of CO₂. The report highlights the most prospective value-added products that could be made in Victoria using recycled CO₂.

The link for this report is provided below. Please contact for the password to download this report.

BCIA's FIVE YEAR REPORT - Positioning brown coal for a low-emissions future 2009-2015


Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA) developed a report on the outcomes of the first five years of programs to create a brighter future for brown coal. This report covers the work undertaken by BCIA and our partner organisations and details how we have delivered on our mission to develop research, technologies and people to reduce the environmental impact - and deliver social and economic benefits - from sustainable use of brown coal.

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