Hydrogen has moved beyond being a research curiosity. It has enormous potential to be a central theme of how we approach our climate change objectives. But in order to do that, industry has to not only be involved, but also create the environment in which its commercial product exists. The research will underpin this.
It was against this backdrop that the ground-breaking clean energy research centre Hycel was born. Strategically located at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus in Victoria, Australia, along a key transport corridor that connects industries, communities and resources, Hycel will test new hydrogen technologies to cut emissions in heavy transport and replace natural gas in homes and businesses – two sectors of the economy that are most difficult to decarbonise.
Australia currently has no such facility for testing hydrogen solutions at scale. Hycel will fill this gap by leveraging Deakin University’s strategic industry partnerships and research expertise in advanced materials, energy systems, IT and social sciences. Hycel will be a ‘living laboratory’ that translate lab results into real-world solutions.
“Because of Hycel, Australian researchers will have a pathway for their developments to enter global markets. Hycel will demonstrate that it’s possible to incorporate hydrogen into the Australian transport and energy markets safely and in a commercially-viable way,” Dr. Adrian Panow, Director of Deakin Energy, told H2 View.
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