NERA has formed a network of hydrogen technology clusters across Australia, providing seed-funding in partnership with governments and industry to build the skills, capability and commercialisation opportunities in the emerging hydrogen industry.
NERA is facilitating connections and knowledge sharing within the Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA) network and is accelerating the development of the hydrogen equipment, technology and services (HETS) sector to drive market activation, establishing a global identity and recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.
The H2TCA network enables vital connection, collaboration, and alignment of action across Australia to support the emerging hydrogen industry. The cluster network reduces duplication and identifies gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen-focussed technologies.
To find out more on the clusters, hydrogen events, hydrogen technologies, industry events and other hydrogen-related information, follow H2TCA on LinkedIn.
The interactive map below provides a location-specific guide to Australia's hydrogen clusters.
|State/territory||Cluster name||Cluster leads/members|
|ACT||ACT Renewable Hydrogen Cluster||Evoenergy, ACT Renewables Hub, Australian National University, ACT Government, Hydrogen Australia, Smart Energy Council|
|NSW||NewH2 - Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster||The University of Newcastle Australia and 14 partners|
|NT||Northern Territory Hydrogen Technology Cluster (NTH2)||Darwin Innovation Hub along with NT Government, Energy Club NT and Charles Darwin University (CDU)|
|QLD||Central Queensland Hydrogen Ecosystem Cluster (CQH2)||Gladstone Engineering Alliance and Gladstone Regional Council, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Central Queensland University, Department of State Development, Regional Development Australia and Start up Gladstone.|
|North Queensland Hydrogen Consortium (NQH2)||Led by Townsville Enterprise Limited and is guided by a Steering Committee|
|Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q)||Industry-led not for profit organisation with over 38 members|
|Southern Queensland Hydrogen Industry Institute - Powered by TSBE||Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE)|
|SA||Hydrogen Technology Cluster (SA-H2H)||South Australian Hydrogen Hubs Incorporated with over 25 members|
|TAS||Bell Bay Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone (BBAMZ)|
|VIC||Gippsland Hydrogen Cluster||Committee for Gippsland on behalf of 64 supporting organisations|
|Clayton Hydrogen Technology Cluster (Clayton H2)||GrapheneX, CSIRO, Swinburne University, Hydrogen 2.0, Cleantech Japan, ARENA2036|
|Greater Geelong Hydrogen Cluster||Startupbootcamp Australia|
|Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Mallee Regional Innovation Centre|
|WA||Gascoyne Technology & Innovation Cluster||Carnarvon Chamber of Commerce|
|Mid-West Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Mid West Chamber of Commerce|
|Pilbara Clean Energy Cluster||City of Karratha with support from Yara Pilbara Fertilisers|
|Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster||Murdoch University, City of Mandurah, Peel Development Commission, Kwinana Industries Council, Hazer Group Limited, Balance Group, Biopower Solutions, LAVO, ATCO, BMT, Balance, Integrity Engineering Solutions and Southern Metropolitan TAFE.
|Western Australian Technology Cluster for Hydrogen (WATCH2)||Independent not for profit organisation|
"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. This will ensure long-term local cohesion and sustainable capability across the emerging hydrogen value chain."
NERA implemented the Regional Hydrogen Technology Clusters Program to help build the skills, capacities and commercialisation opportunities necessary to unlock Australia’s enormous potential to create a globally competitive hydrogen industry that could add up to $26 billion and thousands of jobs to the national economy by 2050.
In November 2019, the Council for Australian Governments (COAG) released the National Hydrogen Strategy, which detailed the development of a national cluster, to be led by NERA.
The Regional Hydrogen Technology Clusters Program continues NERA’s strong track record of facilitating and funding the formation and development of two industry-led, energy related clusters — a subsea oil and gas cluster (Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia (SICA)) and an ocean energy cluster (Australian Ocean Energy Group (AOEG).
In February and March 2020, NERA held 11 workshops across Australia, consulting with almost 300 hydrogen industry professionals and interested stakeholders. A summary of the outcomes from the consultation process can be accessed here or via the link below.
In September 2020, NERA called for expressions of interest (EOIs) to the Regional Hydrogen Technology Clusters Seed Funding Program from businesses and consortiums with a clear focus on commercial outcomes, that demonstrated a commitment and capability to establish and/or grow a hydrogen technology cluster in a specified region within Australia. EOIs closed in October 2020.
In February 2021, NERA announced an investment of $1.85M from NERA, state governments and industry in 13 hydrogen clusters across all Australian states and territories.
In May 2021, NERA and the Queensland Government announced a commitment of $100,000 to support two additional hydrogen technology clusters in Gladstone and Toowoomba, bringing the total of regional clusters to 15 across Australia.
In September 2021, the South Australian Government announced a $100,000 contribution to SA-H2H, matching NERA’s six-figure seeding contribution.
In December 2021, three new clusters were established in Queensland (Townsville) and Western Australia (the Gascoyne and the Mid West regions), bringing the total to 18 clusters.
The investment to date from NERA, state governments and industry across the 18 hydrogen technology clusters in the network is $2.165M.
View this consultation summary for an outline of findings from NERA's Stakeholder Consultation workshops held in March 2020.
Access NERA CEO Miranda Taylor's presentation slides to find out more about the H2TCA.