Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC) today (8th April) announced it has been selected to lead a hydrogen cluster in the North West of Victoria in Australia.
The National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) announced funding to develop an Australian network of hydrogen clusters in January, with the goal of putting Australia on the global map for hydrogen technology and expertise.
The national cluster 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.
MRIC will lead the Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster, which will cover the North West of Victoria, across the Mildura Rural City Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council and Gannawarra Shire Council areas.
These regional clusters are a crucial step in building the skills, capacities and commercialisation opportunities necessary to unlock Australia’s potential for a globally competitive hydrogen industry that could add up $26 billion to Australia’s GDP and thousands of jobs to the national economy by 2050.