H2TCA is a network of hydrogen technology clusters that spans across Australia to enable the vital connection, collaboration and alignment of action across the country to support the emerging hydrogen industry.
The hydrogen technology cluster network is helping to accelerate 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.
NERA, in partnership with governments and industry, formed the cluster network to build the skills, capability and commercialisation opportunities in the emerging hydrogen industry.
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The interactive map below provides a location-specific guide to Australia's hydrogen clusters.
Coverage: Australian Capital Territory
Evo Energy, The Smart Energy Council, The ACT Renewables Hub, and The Australian National University have formed the ACT Renewable Hydrogen Cluster. The Cluster focuses on ACT's unique opportunity to embrace renewable energy through green hydrogen.
Contact: Connor Woulfe
Coverage: The Hunter
NewH2 was formed by a range of industry associations, businesses, TAFE and the University of Newcastle. The Hunter region is well placed to develop hydrogen opportunities through existing infrastructure, a skilled and experienced workforce and proximity to domestic demand centres.
Contact: Clare Sykes
Coverage: Northern Territory
Led by the Darwin Innovation Hub, the Northern Territory Hydrogen Technology Cluster is dedicated to the development of a hydrogen industry in the Northern Territory. The state has significant tracts of land with high solar irradiance, has close geographical proximity to Asia and has an established world-scale energy production and export industry.
Contact: Emma Nesbitt
Coverage: Central Queensland
The Cluster was formed by CQ University, Gladstone Engineering Alliance, Gladstone Ports Corp, Gladstone Regional Council, RDA, and Startup Gladstone. The primary purpose of the CQH2 is to facilitate skills development and grow regional capacity, capability, and innovation to develop a flourishing hydrogen industry in Central Queensland, facilitated by investment in hydrogen projects and hydrogen hub feasibility studies.
Contact: Garry Scanlan
Coverage: North Queensland
Led by the Townsville Enterprise Limited, NQH2 provides facilitation services to support a complete, end-to-end, hydrogen ecosystem that advances North Queensland as a major hydrogen contender in both domestic and international marketplaces
Contact: Tracey Holmes
H2Q is an industry-led, not for profit organisation committed to securing the economic, environmental and social opportunities hydrogen offers. Queensland is well placed for renewable hydrogen production with significant renewable energy resources, available land, and ports ideally located to support potential hydrogen exports.
Contact: Heidi Breen
Coverage: Toowoomba and Surat Basin
The Toowoomba and the Surat Basin has an abundance of green energy capacity. The SQHII represents companies from a range of sectors interested in the region’s development of hydrogen and looking to diversify their capability to support hydrogen projects. There is current interest in production, storage, transport and distribution.
Contact: Reagan Parle
Coverage: South Australia
SA-H2H™ is the home of all things hydrogen in South Australia. Their mission is to deliver hydrogen supply-chain scale by enabling hydrogen hubs, accelerating the hydrogen ecosystem, fostering innovation, building skills, capability and attracting investment. South Australia has the wind, sun, land, infrastructure and skills to be a world-class renewable hydrogen supplier.
Contacts: Quentin Roberts and Nicholas Mumford
The Bell Bay Hydrogen Cluster (BBH2) is a regional ecosystem, linking local enterprises and government departments and initiatives to work collaboratively to grow and develop the hydrogen industry. Tasmania has an opportunity to manufacture green hydrogen and ammonia, made from renewable ‘green’ energy such as hydro, wind and solar and combined with a sustainable supply of fresh water.
Contact: Neil Grose
The Gippsland Hydrogen Cluster aims to build a competitive clean hydrogen industry with the production of hydrogen in Gippsland allowing for the transition from coal to clean energy. Hydrogen projects help diversify the region’s economy as government policy moves away from coal-fired electricity production.
Contact: Patrick Gibbons
Coverage: South East Melbourne
The Clayton Hydrogen Cluster leverages unique facilities being developed in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton including the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) - the hydrogen refuelling station with hydrogen production and storage facilities and the joint Swinburne/CSIRO Industry 4.0 Testlab in Composite Additive Manufacturing and onsite Technology Demonstration Centre. The cluster has partnered with ARENA2036 (Germany) to accelerate the development of an Australia-Germany hydrogen industry.
Contact: Matthew David
Coverage: Greater Geelong Barwon South West Region
The Greater Geelong Hydrogen Technology Cluster powered by Startupbootcamp uses a commercial and innovation lens to focus on hydrogen demand side use cases, particularly for hard to decarbonise sectors - such as manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and energy to identify future partnership opportunities in developing the Geelong Hydrogen Hub at Geelong Port.
Contact: Richard Simpson
Coverage: Mallee, North West Victoria
The Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster aims to develop a hydrogen supply chain throughout the region. The region has a rich solar resource for renewable energy and hydrogen production and seasonal storage. The region has concentrated agriculture and industrial infrastructure that could benefit from heavy duty hydrogen-powered transport as well as back up energy generation.
Contact: Rebecca Wells
Coverage: Gascoyne and greater Carnarvon region
The Gascoyne Region has the potential to become one of Australia’s largest producers of green hydrogen due to its high renewable energy capacity and comparative advantages. The Gascoyne Technology & Innovation Cluster is driving opportunities to produce market demand and maximise the region’s hydrogen potential. It also supports business networks and build hydrogen-related capability across the region.
Contact: Tom Langley
Coverage: Greater Geraldton and Mid West WA
Located in a region with a diverse economy built around mining, agriculture, and tourism, the Mid West represents the ideal location to develop green hydrogen at scale for commercial operations due to its access to land and abundant renewable resources. The cluster facilitates the development of new markets, export opportunities and energy security for the region.
Contact: Joanne Fabling
Coverage: Perth and South West WA
Kwinana is becoming a renewables-based hydrogen hub, and the cluster is leading stakeholder collaboration to drive the hydrogen industry’s development and growth in Kwinana and beyond. The cluster supports supply chain activation, innovation and technology development, and economic development in the region.
Contact: Nadia D'Hart
The Pilbara cluster is located in a region where bulk renewable hydrogen will be created from the region’s abundant sunshine and wind resources. Its proximity to bauxite, lithium and gold mines, plus the alumina refinery offers opportunities for creation and use of hydrogen for transport and energy.
Contact: Stephanie Smith
WATCH2 facilitates and promotes the development of the local hydrogen industry to strategically position Western Australia as a global leader of hydrogen associated technologies, innovation and expertise to support the transition to greener future.
Contact: Paul Lucey
"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.
In June 2022, the Victorian State Government made a further commitment of $320,000 to continue to support the Victorian Hydrogen Cluster Network until 30 June 2023.