The Victorian State Government is investing A$9m ($6.7m) to support the construction of a Hycel Technology Hub that includes a fuel cell wing and training facilities for hydrogen application technologies.
This is set to boost Deakin University’s hydrogen technology applications and support new innovative developments in the fuel cell and hydrogen sector.
The fuel cell wing will feature specialised fuel cell assembly and testing equipment, plumbed with hydrogen allowing an innovative space to support small and medium sized enterprise (SME) development and training facilities.
The wing will also be a multifunctional space for social licence, education and demonstration activities.
Applications of research of will include fuel cells for transport, especially for heavy vehicles, as well as assessing the suitability for natural gas pipelines to carry hydrogen for housing and industry.
Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus in December 2021 with target completion in December 2022.
Professor Martin said, “Hycel will further strengthen Victoria’s position as the nation’s skills and innovation capital.
“The research and its translation will deliver lasting value to communities and industry and extend our investment in regional Victoria and commitment to sustainability.”
Want to hear more about Deakin University’s hydrogen ambitions? In the upcoming August issue of H2 View magazine, Joanna Sampson, H2 View’s Editor, speaks to Dr. Adrian Panow about Hycel, the ground-breaking hydrogen research centre, paving the way for Australia’s clean energy future.