CSIRO-developed Hydrogen Knowledge Centre to help catalyse a new industry in Australia


CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has launched an online center that unifies Australian hydrogen research and industry activities in an effort to accelerate the growth of a competitive and clean hydrogen industry.

Part of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission, the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre aims to promote collaboration between the rapidly expanding Australian hydrogen industry, the government, and R&D ecosystems, by routinely updating information on regulations, projects, research, and resources.

It allows users to access a broad range of information, from interactive modelling tools forecasting the future cost of hydrogen, based on technology deployment and energy use, through to educational resources explaining the basics of hydrogen and its use in the energy mix.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre will be a central point of critical information for hydrogen R&D in Australia.

“It will help avoid duplication, and will foster the Team Australia approach needed for Australia to take a world-leading role in developing and exporting hydrogen.”

In addition to its two existing modules, HyResource and HyResearch, the Knowledge Centre now features a  new module – HyLearning – as well as a new industry map that will highlight all of the current projects across Australia, and allow users to filter searches by project proponents, end-use and development status.

CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission spokesperson, Dr Vicky Au, said the Knowledge Centre will also feature “resources developed by our partners and collaborators in the Australian hydrogen industry”.

She said the new map showed 85 current hydrogen projects being driven by industry across Australia.

“These resources are being developed with state and federal governments, industry and R&D partners to capture and promote hydrogen projects and industry developments across Australia,” Dr Au continued.

“The delivery of the knowledge centre is an important milestone for our Hydrogen Industry Mission, because it helps connects the dots for all the players involved across the sector.

“Since launching the existing HyResource page in 2020, it has been visited more than 200,000 times by users from across the globe seeking to learn more about the development of Australia’s hydrogen industry, demonstrating a clear demand for hydrogen information.

“As the clean hydrogen industry continues to develop and evolve, it is our hope that the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre can continue to be a relevant and valuable resource in Australia and internationally.”

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