Australia has significant potential to create a globally competitive hydrogen industry that could add up to $26 billion and 16,000 jobs to the national economy by 2050. The Australian Government has committed to a hydrogen-powered future, releasing a National Hydrogen Strategy in 2019 and identifying clean hydrogen as one of five priority low emissions technologies in the nation’s First Low Emissions Technology Statement, with a stretch target of clean hydrogen for under $2 per kilogram.
Scale will be the biggest driver of cost reduction needed to achieve the $2 per kilogram target, and NERA’s Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA) network could help Australia get there. Launched in partnership with industry, governments, and research institutions across Australia in early 2021, H2TCA enables vital collaboration and nationwide alignment of actions, reducing duplication and targeting gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen-focussed technologies.
Through driving the growth of the H2TCA network, major knowledge-sharing initiatives and critical standards development, NERA aims to help establish Australia as the leading source of hydrogen-related knowledge, technology, and expertise in the Asia Pacific region, exporting more than just the hydrogen molecule.
H2TCA is accelerating the hydrogen supply chain development by enabling vital connection, collaboration, and alignment of action across Australia. The H2TCA network reduces duplication and identifies gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen-focused technologies and builds the skills, capability and commercialisation opportunities in the emerging hydrogen industry.
NERA and the H2TCA network is working with Strategenics to create the first national search platform for businesses with hydrogen capability in Australia, which is mapping and promoting regional hydrogen ecosystems focussing on supply chain capability. Companies across the Australian hydrogen supply chain can complete a free company profile that describes them and their hydrogen capabilities and experience.
NERA has supported the establishment of the ME-93 Hydrogen Technologies Committee, which will align Australia's emerging hydrogen industry with international standards to maximise safety, environmental and social benefits. ME-93 has successfully adopted nine ISO standards to assist Australia’s energy transition and ensure its position as a global force in the emerging hydrogen economy.
NERA, CSIRO and Future Fuels CRC collaborated to develop a knowledge sharing resource supporting Australia’s hydrogen industry development. HyResource is the new single source of information on crucial hydrogen-related organisations, policies and projects for Australia and New Zealand.
The Australia Hydrogen Opportunities Tool (AusH2) provides free access to geoscience data and tools for mapping and understanding the potential for hydrogen production in Australia. The tool was produced by Geoscience Australia for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council's Hydrogen Working Group.
HyResource - Hydrogen Industry Policy Initiatives and the Status of Hydrogen Projects in Australia
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) - Hydrogen Market Study
Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) – Summary of Australian and State and Territory Government Policies