NERA is building a national network of regional hydrogen technology clusters in partnership with governments and industry to build the skills, capability and commercialisation opportunities in the emerging hydrogen industry.
The regional clusters will connect to form a National Hydrogen Cluster, establishing a global identity and recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.
NERA’s National Hydrogen Technology Cluster Network is accelerating the hydrogen supply chain development by enabling vital connection, collaboration, and alignment of action across Australia. The cluster network reduces duplication and identifies gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen-focussed technologies.
The establishment of the regional hydrogen clusters follows the conclusion of the selection process of Regional Hydrogen Technology Cluster Seed Funding Program announced in September 2020.
"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."
The interactive map below provides a location-specific guide to Australia's hydrogen clusters.
|State/territory||Cluster name||Cluster leads/members|
|ACT||Canberra Region Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Evoenergy, ANU, Smart Energy Council, ACT Renewables hub|
|NSW||Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster||University of Newcastle & 14 partners|
|NT||Territory Hydrogen Cluster||Darwin Innovation Hub along with NT Govt, Energy Club NT and CDU|
|Qld||Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q)||Regional Development Australia Brisbane, on behalf of 38 organisations|
|SA||South Australian Hub-to-Hub ("SA-H2H") Hydrogen Technology Cluster||EfficientSeePty Ltd and Mumford Commercial|
|Tas||Bell Bay Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone (BBAMZ)|
|Vic||Gippsland Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Committee for Gippsland on behalf of 64 supporting organisations|
|Clayton Hydrogen Technology Cluster||GrapheneX, CSIRO, Swinburne, Hydrogen 2.0, Cleantech Japan, ARENA2036|
|Greater Geelong Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Startupbootcamp|
|Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Mallee Regional Innovation Centre|
|WA||Western Australian Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Hydrogen Society of Australia on behalf of consortium|
|Karratha Hydrogen Technology Cluster||City of Karratha with support from Yara Pilbara Fertilisers|
|Peel and South-West Metro Hydrogen Technology Cluster||Murdoch University and six partners|
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.
Announcement of a $1.85M investment from NERA, state governments and industry in 13 hydrogen clusters across all Australian states and territories.
View this consultation summary for an outline of findings from NERA's Stakeholder Consultation workshops held in March 2020.