Backing for Gladstone, Toowoomba hydrogen clusters
The State Government has committed $100,000 through a partnership with NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) to establish the new clusters, which will work with the established H2Q cluster in Brisbane.
Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni said the State Government would provide Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) and Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) with $50,000 each to progress their cluster strategies.
“Backing clusters in Gladstone and Toowoomba will drive the development of Queensland’s hydrogen supply chain in a way that delivers jobs for regional Queenslanders in areas like components and materials manufacturing for this new technology,” Mr de Brenni said.
“With our Hydrogen Industry Strategy and the support of NERA, the conversation has very much shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when’ commercially viable domestic and export-scale renewable hydrogen becomes a reality here in Queensland.”
TSBE chief executive officer Ali Davenport said it was exciting for the region to be part of a globally significant hydrogen industry that could create thousands of new jobs and increase Australia’s GDP by up to $26 billion.
“This funding will help ensure that local Darling Downs companies are able to understand the opportunities around hydrogen and develop their capability to service this growing market,” she said.
It comes as TSBE prepares to host a hydrogen summit in Chinchilla on June 17 featuring national and global experts on hydrogen.
Mr de Brenni said the existing hydrogen cluster, H2Q, had already developed a detailed market analysis plan and was engaging with local businesses to develop new hydrogen technologies.
To be officially announced at the 2021 Australian Hydrogen Conference, the two new clusters join the Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA) — the national network of 13 clusters unveiled in February.
NERA chief executive Miranda Taylor described the development as a crucial step for Queensland in building the skills, capacities and commercialisation opportunities necessary to unlock Australia’s enormous potential to create a globally competitive hydrogen industry.
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