Australia plans network of hydrogen clusters

Article by Amanda Doyle

A NETWORK of hydrogen technology clusters is to be established across Australia with the aim of creating a globally competitive hydrogen industry.  

There will be 13 regional clusters which will operate as a virtual network to make a nationwide hydrogen cluster. The network will be led by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), which is investing A$1.85m (US$1.43m) along with state governments and industry.

The development of the clusters is a goal in Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy to enable the country to scale up the domestic industry to become a global competitor. The network will help with the development of a hydrogen supply chain, as well as aid commercialisation of hydrogen technologies.

Miranda Taylor, CEO of NERA, said: “[This] 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.”

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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