Australia launches regional H2 technology clusters

 

A network of 13 regional hydrogen technology clusters has been unveiled across Australia as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster. With AUD$1.85M to be invested in the clusters, the network will foster a multi-billion dollar, globally competitive hydrogen industry.

Spearheaded by NERA, the national cluster (which would operate as a virtual network) will establish a global identity and a recognized 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 commercialization of new hydrogen-focused technologies.

The establishment of the regional hydrogen technology clusters — 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.

"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," said NERA CEO Miranda Taylor.

“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.

This announcement continues NERA’s active role in coordinating collaborative opportunities to realize 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.