The CSIRO will lead a new initiative that aims to grow Australia’s hydrogen industry through collaboration between Australian and international research organisations.
The federal government has committed $5 million to the two-year program, which will support research, development and demonstration (RD&D) collaborations domestically and internationally.
The CSIRO on Wednesday said the Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program would encourage the local research community and industry to work together to find ‘transformative’ clean hydrogen industry solutions.
The initiative would also aim to boost efforts to build clean hydrogen export pathways by bolstering research and industry partnerships; advance low emission technology development within Australia; and develop capability and solutions to respond to domestic and global clean hydrogen industry opportunities.
The program is a key milestone in CSIRO’s $68 million Hydrogen Industry Mission. The program, launched in May, aims to drive Australia’s hydrogen production price down to less than $2 per kilogram, allowing hydrogen to become competitive with higher emissions alternatives.
CSIRO head Dr Larry Marshall said the missions-led approach has been encouraging collaboration in seizing opportunities presented by hydrogen.
“Our Hydrogen Industry Mission recognises that, as the global investment in clean energy ramps up, we need to be on the front foot and leverage international collaboration in hydrogen RD&D to give Australia the best advantage we can to capture this market opportunity,” he said.
The program will also build on the work undertaken by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and CSIRO to create an Australian Hydrogen Researcher Network. The network was established to connect Australia’s hydrogen research community with each other, and with the new international program.
The federal government has signed partnership with Germany, Singapore and Japan to accelerate the development of low emissions technologies, including hydrogen.
Energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor said investing in R&D and building connections with international partners was critical to Australia building and growing its own globally competitive industry.
“We recognise the important economic and job opportunities becoming a major global hydrogen player will deliver, while also lowering emissions,” he said.
Hydrogen is a key priority under the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap.