Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA)

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 between the cluster network to lead the formation and early development of an overarching industry-led Australian Hydrogen Technology Cluster — Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA) — that will expedite rapid development of the hydrogen supply chain and drive market activation, establishing a global identity and recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.

The H2TCA aims to accelerate 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.

Cluster locations and contact details

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

NTH2 - Northern Territory Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Darwin Innovation Hub along with NT Government, Energy Club NT and Charles Darwin University (CDU)

QLD

H2Q - Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster

Regional Development Australia Brisbane, on behalf of 38 organisations

CQH2 - Central Queensland Hydrogen Ecosystem Cluster

Gladstone Engineering Alliance and Gladstone Regional Council, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Central Queensland University, Department of State Development, Regional Development Australia and Start up Gladstone.

TSBE Hydrogen Industry Cluster

Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE)

SA

SA-H2H Hydrogen Technology Cluster

EfficientSee Pty Ltd and Mumford Commercial

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 H2 - Clayton Hydrogen Technology Cluster

GrapheneX, CSIRO, Swinburne University, Hydrogen 2.0, Cleantech Japan, ARENA2036

Greater Geelong Hydrogen Cluster

Startupbootcamp

Mallee Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Mallee Regional Innovation Centre

WA

Western Australian Technology Cluster for Hydrogen (WATCH2)

Hydrogen Society of Australia on behalf of consortium

Pilbara Hydrogen Cluster

City of Karratha with support from Yara Pilbara Fertilisers

Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster

Murdoch University and six partners

"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."

Miranda Taylor, NERA CEO

Background

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.

2019
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).

2020
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.

2021
Announcement of a $1.85M investment from NERA, state governments and industry in 13 hydrogen clusters across all Australian states and territories.

Media Release

Access the official media release announcing the $1.85M in funding.

Consultation summary

View this consultation summary for an outline of findings from NERA's Stakeholder Consultation workshops held in March 2020.

Presentation: Hydrogen Clusters

Access NERA CEO Miranda Taylor's presentation slides to find out more about the H2TCA.