Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Zealand: Project for Commercial Hydrogen Production using Geothermal Energy Announced

Joint Māori and Japanese hydrogen pilot project for Taupō (Stuff)

A project to pilot the commercial production of hydrogen using renewable geothermal energy has been announced.

Taupō-based Tuaropaki Trust and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation, have signed a memorandum of understanding to start producing hydrogen, a fuel which produces no carbon emissions.

Tuaropaki Trust opened the 113 MW Tuaropaki geothermal power station, near Taupō, in 2000, and has other farming and engineering assets in the North Island.

Tuaropaki Chairman, Tumanako Wereta said Tuaropaki has long been committed to renewable energy.

"We are very interested in other 'green energy' alternatives which align with our strategy and core values. We look forward to working with Obayashi Corporation to explore the potential for commercial hydrogen production using renewable geothermal energy to create a CO2-free fuel."