New regulations expanding the remit of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are a real positive for stimulating investment in a wider range of clean energy technologies.
The regulations now mean that ARENA can provide financial support to priority low emission technologies identified under the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap.
“The new regulations allow ARENA to take a key role in driving down the cost of deploying the priority low-emission technologies identified in the Annual Low Emissions Technology Statements (LETS). This includes clean hydrogen (hydrogen whether produced using renewable energy or fossil fuels combined with carbon capture and storage) and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS),” said David Byers, Chief Executive of CO2CRC.
“ARENA now supports an expanded range of low emissions technologies across all industry. This will encourage the development, application and scaling up of technologies that can strengthen industry and create jobs while reducing CO2 emissions,” he said.
“The value of CCUS is its versatility as a technology. Its applications extend from natural gas processing and power generation to steel and cement production. Producing clean hydrogen from fossil fuels paired with CCS offers the most cost-effective, reliable and flexible pathway to large-scale hydrogen production. With around two-thirds of emissions in Australia coming from outside the power generation sector, technologies like CCUS with broad application across the economy, are vital to achieving long-term emissions reduction goals while maintaining Australia’s economic resilience.
“Australia is well positioned to be at the forefront of the global scale-up of CCUS technologies. It has ready access to the latest CCUS technologies and expertise, some of the world’s best deep sedimentary basins in which to store carbon dioxide, an internationally recognised resources industry, and globally renowned researchers. CO2CRC, Australia’s leading CCUS research organisation, operates the Otway International Test Centre in south west Victoria, where it has safely and securely stored and monitored carbon dioxide in a variety of rock formations for more than a decade” he said.
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