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Doug MacFarlane wins funding for hydrogen export research
Professor Doug MacFarlane with his renewable energy driven ammonia generator. Image courtesy of Monash University.
A bulk of funding announced by the Australian Government’s energy agency has been awarded to ATSE Fellow Professor Doug MacFarlane from the Monash School of Chemistry.
The Government’s funding is aimed at driving innovation in exporting renewable hydrogen to international partners.
Professor MacFarlane received more than $915,000, which will support a project on ammonia production from renewables. The ammonia is produced at ambient temperature and pressure using just water and nitrogen sourced from the air we breathe.
“Ammonia is emerging as an ideal renewable energy storage vehicle that is suitable for large scale export,” said Professor MacFarlane.
“The funding support will allow us to assemble a world-class team to bring this important technology to the next stage of commercial readiness.
“Australia has a pre-eminent position in the world in regard to the potential for large-scale generation of renewables and this technology will provide a ready means of transportation of this hydrogen energy to important markets in Asia.”
Hydrogen – or hydrogen carriers like ammonia – are potentially ways for Australia to export renewable energy. Electrical energy can easily be converted into hydrogen via electrolysis.
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