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Feb 01, 2021

NERA announces regional hydrogen technology clusters

NERA announces regional hydrogen technology clusters

A network of 13 regional hydrogen technology clusters is being created across Australia in a move spearheaded by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA).

The establishment of the regional hydrogen technology clusters announced today follows the conclusion of a seed funding selection program started by NERA in September.

NERA has also been able to attract funding commitments from state and territory governments around the country, as well as industry financial support.

In Queensland, the funded project is the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q) in Brisbane, led by Regional Development Australia Brisbane on behalf of 38 organisations.

“RDA Brisbane and its industry, research and government partners are excited to progress the establishment of the Queensland Hydrogen Cluster, known as H2Q, to help execute and realise Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy and the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy,” RDA Brisbane chair Lisa Liang said.

NERA chief executive officer Miranda Taylor said the clusters were a crucial step in building the skills, capacities and commercialisation opportunities necessary to unlock Australia’s enormous potential to create a globally competitive hydrogen industry.

“These regional clusters, all of which have the support of their state and territory governments, have been established around key, existing hydrogen projects and technology supply chains in strategic locations that have a demonstrated capacity to support them,” she said.

State/
territory
Cluster nameCluster leads/membersInitial NERA, state
government and industry
investment
ACTCanberra Region Hydrogen
Technology Cluster
Evoenergy, ANU, Smart Energy
Council, ACT Renewables hub
$100,000  
NSWHunter Hydrogen Technology
Cluster
University of Newcastle and 14
partners
$200,000  
NTTerritory Hydrogen ClusterDarwin Innovation Hub along with
NT Govt, Energy Club NT and CDU
$200,000  
QldQueensland Hydrogen Industry
Cluster (H2Q)
Regional Development Australia
Brisbane, on behalf of 38 orgs
$100,000
SASouth Australian Hub-to-Hub (“SA-
H2H”) Hydrogen Technology Cluster
EfficientSeePty Ltd and Mumford
Commercial
$100,000
TasBell Bay Hydrogen Technology
Cluster
Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing
Zone (BBAMZ)
$100,000
VicGippsland Hydrogen Technology
Cluster
Committee for Gippsland on
behalf of 64 supporting
organisations
$250,000  
Clayton Hydrogen Technology
Cluster
GrapheneX, CSIRO, Swinburne,
Hydrogen 2.0, Cleantech Japan,
ARENA2036
$150,000  
Greater Geelong Hydrogen
Technology Cluster
Startupbootcamp$150,000  
Mallee Hydrogen Technology
Cluster
Mallee Regional Innovation
Centre
$50,000  
WAWestern Australian Hydrogen
Technology Cluster
Hydrogen Society of Australia on
behalf of consortium
$200,000  
Karratha Hydrogen Technology
Cluster
City of Karratha with support from
Yara Pilbara Fertilisers
$75,000
Peel and South-West Metro
Hydrogen Technology Cluster
Murdoch University and six
partners
$75,000  
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