BLUFA unique project about to get underway in northern Australia could enable people and companies from operating in the north without having to deplete scarce underground water.
Cutting-edge technology is being trialled in the Northern Territory (NT). The hope is that water-dependent industries will one day operate in the outback without relying on taking water from underneath the earth. The NT Government has heralded the Desert Bloom Hydrogen project as 'ground-breaking'. This article notes the following key points:
The technology is designed to extract water from the desert atmosphere to produce hydrogen.
The NT's high humidity levels will likely aid the process.
The project in Tennant Creek is being fast-tracked by the Territory Government and has been granted Major Project Status.
The full extent of the technology's long-term environmental impact remains unknown.
However, a study into any potential danger is expected to be released shortly.
A private firm is backing the project to the tune of $1 billion.
The firm behind the Desert Bloom Hydrogen project, Aqua Aerem, has flagged its plans to begin producing and exporting hydrogen to Asian markets within five years.
A Victorian-based water expert said the project was unique and a first of its kind in Australia.
Construction on the project is scheduled to start in 2022, with production commencing in 2023.
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