Queensland, Australia has added two more hydrogen technology clusters in a bid to boost its hydrogen capabilities, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) confirmed today (May 25).
The clusters will be established in Gladstone and Toowoomba following an AUD$100,000 ($77,700) commitment from the Queensland Government through a partnership with NERA, and the new clusters will work alongside the existing H2Q cluster in Brisbane.
The Queensland Government’s hydrogen industry strategy focuses on supporting innovation and facilitating skills development for new technology, recognising the importance of the clusters to deliver on its policies in the growing hydrogen industry.
The two new clusters will join the Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA), the national network of 13 clusters that had been previously revealed in February.
Spearheaded by NERA, H2TCA is working to establish a global identity and a recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.
It is also aiding the development of the hydrogen supply chain, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in the development, deployment and commercialisation of new hydrogen focused technologies.
Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, said, “Backing clusters in Gladstone and Toowoomba will drive the development of Queensland’s hydrogen supply chain in a way that delivers jobs for regional Queenslanders in areas like components and materials manufacturing for this new technology.
“With our Hydrogen Industry Strategy and the support of NERA, the conversation has very much shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when’ commercially viable domestic and export-scale renewable hydrogen becomes a reality here in Queensland.
“If we can position Queensland as the hydrogen technology leader, innovator and exporter of this resource, we will well and truly cement out position as a renewable energy superpower.
“Queensland’s existing hydrogen cluster, H2Q, has already developed a detailed market analysis plan and is engaging with local businesses to develop new hydrogen technologies.”
Miranda Taylor, CEO of NERA, said, “Today is yet another step along the road and a further indication of Australia’s capability in developing hydrogen technologies.
“These two new Queensland clusters will be able to work together with the existing H2Q cluster in Brisbane, as well as the other regional clusters in H2TCA, to ensure long-term local cohesion and sustainable capability across the emerging hydrogen value chain. Australia wants to be exporting more than just molecules.”
Australia unveils hydrogen technology cluster network to accelerate development and commercialisation
Australia will establish a hydrogen technology cluster in every state and territory as the country takes steps to unlock its potential and create a globally competitive hydrogen industry.
A network of 13 regional clusters has been unveiled today (1st Feb) by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster. NERA said 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.
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