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$36bn Australian renewables hub to produce hydrogen for export

Canberra sees clean energy opportunity as countries aim for zero emissions

Kawasaki Heavy's vessel for transporting liquefied hydrogen. There is a plan to produce hydrogen from low-grade coal in Australia, liquefy it and ship it to Japan. (Photo courtesy of Kawasaki Heavy Industries)

SYDNEY -- A $36 billion project to mass-produce hydrogen from renewable power sources is underway in Australia, fueling Canberra's hopes of turning clean energy exports into a major revenue generator as countries begin to shun coal.

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