QUT at the forefront of hydrogen push for Australia

QUT at the forefront of hydrogen push for Australia

By 2030, Queensland is at the forefront of renewable hydrogen production in Australia, supplying an established domestic market and export partners with a safe, sustainable and reliable supply of hydrogen.

That’s the vision set out for the Australian state in its $19m Hydrogen Industry Strategy, released earlier this year.

Since the strategy was launched, Queensland has announced a raft of projects to accelerate the state’s drive towards a hydrogen-fuelled future, including:

  • BOC’s $3.1m project to produce renewable hydrogen in Queensland’s capital city Brisbane.
  • Queensland Government adding hydrogen-powered cars to its fleet.
  • Dyno Nobel assessing the feasibility of building a renewable ammonia facility powered by renewable hydrogen.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is the forefront of Australia’s push to promote hydrogen fuel and will host the state’s first hydrogen refuelling station at its Kelvin Grove campus.

The state-of-the-art station will be able to refuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in under three minutes and will be used by the FCEVs added to the Queensland Government fleet.

QUT is also leading a $7.5m research project to establish a pilot plant producing green hydrogen fuel at the Redlands Research Facility. Earlier this year, QUT partnered with Japanese petroleum conglomerate JXTG to produce and export green hydrogen to Japan.

Professor Ian Mackinnon, from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, was recently appointed as the strategic hydrogen advisor to the Queensland Government.

“The University’s commitment to hydrogen development in Australia facilitated through partnerships and strong working relationships with industry is a key step toward a workforce adequately skilled for expansion of the clean energy sector,” Professor Mackinnon said.

“These projects allow a sustainable transition to the production, handling and use of hydrogen and related technologies within the broader energy industry – attributes that feature prominently in the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy and in the development of the National Hydrogen strategy.”

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