QUT launches research centre to focus on future of green hydrogen exports

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has launched a new research centre to help the Australian LNG industry address the challenges of productivity, cost and decarbonisation, and support the establishment of a globally-leading hydrogen export industry over the next decade.

The Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC) will support Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy developed in 2019 by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel and include a programme on Market & Sector Development to help establish hydrogen hubs.

“Our mission is to ensure Australia’s vital LNG industry remains competitive, reduces its environmental footprint, and helps to grow hydrogen exports for new emerging markets,” Professor Eric May, CEO of FEnEx CRC, said.

Professor Ian Mackinnon, from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, said FEnEx would build on the extensive work QUT had already done in the green hydrogen sphere, including partnering with Japanese company JXTG to produce and export green hydrogen to Japan and leading a $7.5m research project to establish a renewable energy pilot plant producing green hydrogen at the Redlands Research Facility.

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