Australia’s massive opportunity for underground hydrogen storage: Report and Webinar

October 21, 2021

For Australia to adopt hydrogen as a widespread energy carrier, millions of tonnes of storage options will be needed to buffer the fluctuations in supply and demand, both for domestic use and for export. Future Fuels CRC’s latest research maps out the high-level availability of potential sites in Australia and develops a method for selecting suitable storage sites that match hydrogen production needs.

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About underground hydrogen storage

Once the scale of storage at a site exceeds tens of tonnes, underground hydrogen storage is the cheapest and safest large-scale storage option for industrial-sized purposes. Although underground hydrogen storage is already used globally to support existing industrial uses of hydrogen, it is highly dependent on the suitability of local rock formations. This research looks beneath Australia’s surface to identify the opportunities under our land and waters.

This research was completed in concert with CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission.

To understand the potential for Australia’s sub-surface to store our future clean energy needs please join our lead researcher Dr Jonathan Ennis-King of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and an industry panel for this free webinar:



To present the researcher Future Fuels CRC held a free webinar on 29 October 2021 to share and discuss the research.


Dr Jonathan Ennis-King joined CSIRO in 1999 to work on the geological storage of carbon dioxide. Jonathan’s general research interests are the modelling and simulation of multiphase flow in porous media, and the coupling of that flow to thermal, mechanical and chemical processes. He has specifically applied this to understanding the behaviour of carbon dioxide and hydrogen in the subsurface.

Before joining CSIRO he held positions at the University of Melbourne, Lund University, Sweden and the Australian National University. Jonathan has had a key role in the reservoir engineering and simulation of the CO2CRC’s Otway project, the first demonstration of underground storage of carbon dioxide in Australia.


David Norman, CEO Future Fuels CRC (Host)
Dennis Van Puyvelde, Energy Networks Australia
Ashley Roberts, Woodside
Tim Aujard, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

About Future Fuels CRC
Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre is the industry focussed Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) partnership enabling the decarbonisation of Australia’s energy networks. We work with our partners in a collaborative and connected research community embracing industry, academia and government.

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