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Hydrogen economies and energy futures: a new Australian dream?


Beasy, K, Hydrogen economies and energy futures: a new Australian dream?, Energy Research & Social Science, 91 Article 102751. ISSN 2214-6296 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.erss.2022.102751


Australia, like many other places in the world, is significantly investing in hydrogen technologies. In this perspective piece, I discuss how the socio-political context has shaped, and is continuing to influence, the approach to advancing a hydrogen economy in Australia. I detail the historical events that have influenced Australia's ambitions of global leadership in hydrogen energy and through doing so, reveal future opportunities and challenges. I argue that investment in hydrogen technologies reflects ecomodernist and technocratic ideologies, and that deeper engagement with sociotechnical and socio-political dimensions are needed to assure hydrogen becomes the dream that so much of the world is relying on it to be.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hydrogen, discourse, Australia, socio-imaginary, ecomodernism, sociotechnical, socio-political, technocratic
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electrical engineering
Research Field:Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Energy transformation
Objective Field:Hydrogen-based energy systems
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
ID Code:154760
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-01-04
Last Modified:2023-01-04

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