A network of regional hydrogen technology clusters has today been unveiled across Australia, as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster.
Spearheaded by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), 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.
The establishment of the regional hydrogen technology clusters announced today – which cover all of Australia’s states and territories – follows the conclusion of a seed funding selection program started by NERA in September. NERA has also been able to leverage a range of funding commitments from state and territory governments around the country, as well as industry financial support.
With their funding the Darwin Innovation plan will play a central role in connecting Territory hydrogen projects to the export market, utilising the Territory’s deep sea port and geographical advantage to South East Asia , establishing an identity for the Northern Territory as a leader in the world transition to renewable hydrogen, whilst building local capacity also supporting local jobs.
Commenting on the establishment of the Territory Hydrogen Technology Cluster in Darwin, NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said:
“With extensive renewable energy resources and an established globally competitive energy production and export industry, the Northern Territory is well placed to position itself at the forefront of a developing renewable hydrogen industry.
“In addition to an existing highly skilled workforce and large-scale facility construction and operation experience, the NT has developed adaptable local supply chains and infrastructure, able to support the development of a renewable hydrogen industry.
“There is no doubt the NT can become a recognized global leader in the development of a world scale renewable hydrogen industry, and I look forward to the contribution the local hydrogen technology cluster can make helping to achieve this goal.”
Northern Territory Government Minister for Renewables and Energy, Eva Lawler said:
“In 2020, the Northern Territory Government launched the Territory’s first ever Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, bringing the NT to the forefront of the developing renewable hydrogen industry with large areas of land with high solar irradiance, close proximity to export markets.”
“The Northern Territory is Australia’s comeback capital, and through projects such as the Territory Hydrogen Technology Clusters and our investment in renewables, we are creating new industries and jobs for Territorians.”
The DARWIN INNOVATION HUB has been appointed Cluster Manager alongside a Steering Committee which includes the Northern Territory Government, Charles Darwin University and the Energy Club NT.
Emma Nesbitt, General Manager of the Darwin Innovation Hub, said:
“This announcement is a fantastic step forward for the hydrogen future of the Northern Territory. Hydrogen plays a key role towards the Territory’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050.
“We look forward to working alongside NERA, the Territory Government and our key stakeholders to develop the capacity of businesses and assets that already exist in the Territory, and to be able to drive forward the hydrogen supply chain aiming to achieve the Territory’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and broader national agenda.”