• $1.75m to be invested in 13 clusters across all states & territories
  • Clusters will foster a multi-billion dollar, globally competitive hydrogen industry
PERTH, Australia, Jan. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A network of regional hydrogen technology clusters was yesterday unveiled across Australia, as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster. Spearheaded by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), the national cluster (which would operate as a virtual network) will establish a global identity and a recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise. It will also aid the development of the hydrogen supply chain, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen focused technologies. The establishment of the regional hydrogen technology clusters announced today - which cover all of Australia's states and territories – follows the conclusion of a seed funding selection program started by NERA in September. NERA has also been able to leverage a range of funding commitments from state and territory governments around the country, as well as industry financial support. NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said today's announcement was a crucial step in building the skills, capacities and commercialisation opportunities necessary to unlock Australia's enormous potential to create a globally competitive hydrogen industry that, according to a 2019 Deloitte report, could increase Australia's GDP up to $26 billion. "Today marks a great step forward in Australia's capability in developing hydrogen technologies. These regional clusters, all of which have the support of their state and territory governments, have been established around key, existing hydrogen projects and technology supply chains in strategic locations that have a demonstrated capacity to support them. "This will ensure long-term local cohesion and sustainable capability across the emerging hydrogen value chain." The development of a national hydrogen cluster was identified by the 2019 National Hydrogen Strategy as an important component to scale up Australia's domestic industry to become a global hydrogen competitor. Today's announcement continues NERA's active role in coordinating collaborative opportunities to realise Australia's hydrogen potential across the hydrogen value chain and ensure that Australian companies are well placed to supply new technology, products and services to domestic and international markets. Information on clusters as follows:

State/ territory

Cluster name

Cluster leads/members

Initial NERA, state government and industry investment

ACT

Canberra Region Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Evoenergy, ANU, Smart Energy Council, ACT Renewables hub

$100,000

NSW

Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster

University of Newcastle and 14 partners

$200,000

NT

Territory Hydrogen Cluster

Darwin Innovation Hub along with NT Govt, Energy Club NT and CDU

$200,000

Qld

Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q)

Regional Development Australia Brisbane, on behalf of 38 orgs

$100,000

SA

South Australian Hub-to-Hub ("SA- H2H") Hydrogen Technology Cluster

EfficientSeePty Ltd and Mumford Commercial

$100,000

Tas

Bell Bay Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone (BBAMZ)

$100,000

Vic

Gippsland Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Committee for Gippsland on behalf of 64 supporting organisations

$250,000

Clayton Hydrogen Technology Cluster

GrapheneX, CSIRO, Swinburne, Hydrogen 2.0, Cleantech Japan, ARENA2036

$150,000

Greater Geelong Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Startupbootcamp

$150,000

Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Mallee Regional Innovation Centre

$50,000

WA

Western Australian Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Hydrogen Society of Australia on behalf of consortium

$200,000

Karratha Hydrogen Technology Cluster

City of Karratha with support from Yara Pilbara Fertilisers

$75,000

Peel and South-West Metro Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Murdoch University and six partners

$75,000

 

By PR Newswire

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