J-Power welcomes Governor of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand to Latrobe Valley

On 4 August, J-Power hosted Mr Boonyanit Wongrukmit, Governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and his delegation at the HESC Pilot Project’s hydrogen gasification facility in Latrobe Valley.

This visit comes as EGAT, responsible for power system security in Thailand, continues to explore the use of hydrogen in the energy sector. It aims to improve Thailand’s energy infrastructure by collaborating with energy organisations in Australia that share the goal of a clean energy transition.

During its trip to Victoria, the EGAT delegation also had the opportunity to collaborate with the CSIRO to research energy storage systems, hydrogen production and transportation, and the use of hydrogen as a fuel for electricity generation.

EGAT is currently studying the use of hydrogen as an alternative for electricity generation coupled with carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS). To date, the International Energy Agency, CSIRO, UN International Panel on Climate Change, and  Global CCS Institute have all labelled carbon capture and storage as a key part of the net-zero transition.

The HESC proponents, comprised of the J-Power and Sumitomo Corporation Joint Venture (JPSC JV) and Japan Suiso Energy (JSE), were delighted to learn about Thailand’s efforts towards a low-carbon future.

In March 2023, Japan’s Green Innovation Fund awarded a grant of AU$2.1billion towards the development of commercial-scale hydrogen liquefaction and transport. The proponents are committed to a commercialised supply chain, with JPSC JV overseeing hydrogen production with carbon capture, and JSE responsible for hydrogen liquefaction and transport. To read EGAT’s media release on its visit to Victoria, click here.

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