Researchers from UNSW Sydney have secured more than $4.9 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for development of the ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy.
The UNSW project, which was awarded funding over five years, will engage Australia’s best researchers to develop hydrogen technologies and innovations to aid the world’s transition to renewable energies.
The announcement follows the recent launch of the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre at UNSW.
Joint project leads for the new ARC Training Centre, Scientia professor Rose Amal and professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, will bring together global research institutions, industry partners, government agencies and hydrogen start-ups to form a multi-disciplinary and international consortium.
The Centre’s focus on key themes includes: the production, storage, and utilization of hydrogen; development of the right safety systems and controls; and commercialization, public acceptance, and the skills industry will require in a hydrogen economy.
“Australia is well-positioned to capitalise on the emerging global growth of hydrogen. However, to be competitive and produce at scale, we need cost-effective hydrogen technologies and capabilities for transitioning hydrogen into an array of industries. The project will have far-reaching and broad opportunities both to generate innovative approaches to exporting the product and to create a highly skilled future workforce, all the while benefitting the environment and as a result, our climate.”UNSW deputy vice-chancellor, research, professor Nicholas Fisk.
The new Centre is one of five projects to share $24 million in funding announced by Minister for Education Dan Tehan.
UNSW will host the new Centre. Partner institutions include University of Newcastle (through the NUW Alliance), University of Queensland, Curtin University and University of Sydney.