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New hydrogen centre at UNSW

A new university-industry partnership will work to turn university research on hydrogen into commercial products for real-world use.

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney and Providence Asset Group (PAG) have founded the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre (HERC) to support Australia’s push to become a major force in the world’s hydrogen market.

The new facility will be established over the next seven years through an initial $5 million investment from PAG and will be led by UNSW Engineering Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, an expert in hydrogen storage technologies.

Professor Aguey-Zinsou said involvement from industry will help overcome barriers to commercialisation.

“Universities are very good at fundamental research but traditionally have not been so good at developing products through to market launch,” he said.

“HERC will build a full innovation ecosystem – where we have industry partners deeply engaged with research academics at every step of the way – to generate commercial outcomes.

“It’s not just about making hydrogen per se, it’s about changing the entire economy.”

The facility will include an applied research and development, prototyping and testing lab, a production hub to increase the uptake of hydrogen products and an experience centre to engage investors, customers and partners.

HERC’s partners believe it can develop hydrogen energy storage and distribution solutions capable of meeting Australia’s power needs through renewable energy by 2030.

For more information visit the UNSW website.

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