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Gippsland chosen as a regional Hydrogen Cluster as federal government commits $570M to hydrogen energy development

Gippsland has been chosen by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) as one of a handful of clusters across Australia that will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development, deployment, and commercialisation of the hydrogen industry.

By news@gippsland - 5th July 2021 - Back to News

The success of Gippsland's submission to NERA presents an opportunity for the region to build on its status as an energy power-house and, according to the Committee for Gippsland's CEO Jane Oakley, will enable the region to leverage funding associated with the Australian government's $1.5billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy and $1.8billion investment in low emissions technologies.

On behalf of a cluster of more than 70 businesses, Gippsland has been selected to join a national network to lead the development and advancement of Australia’s clean hydrogen energy sector

On behalf of a cluster of more than 70 businesses, Gippsland has been selected to join a national network to lead the development and advancement of Australia's clean hydrogen energy sector

Hydrogen energy development

CEO Jane Oakley said, "Gippsland is strategically placed to take a lead role in the clean hydrogen energy sector; the region has the right mix of skills, infrastructure, resourcing, innovation and supply-chain expertise to help enable the Australian government's plan to accelerate the development of the country's clean hydrogen energy capability."

"The Australian government has committed $570M to hydrogen energy development," Jane Oakley explained. "Gippsland's hydrogen cluster group is committed to championing the region's existing hydrogen energy capability, reinforcing Gippsland's capacity to transition as a hub for new energy, and capitalising on the social, economic and environmental benefits investment in new energy will bring."

Establishing a global identity

Gippsland will be part of a national cluster which, according to NERA aims to establish a global identity and a recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise; accelerate hydrogen supply chain development; and identify gaps and reduce overlaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new technologies.

"With a number of Victorian state government departments and regional industry and business groups already focusing on clean hydrogen in their development plans, this is a very exciting time for Gippsland," Jane Oakley acknowledged. "It is significant that Gippsland has a seat at the national table, and on behalf of the Gippsland regional cluster, I look forward to sharing with the region more information as it comes to hand and as our support structures take form." Ms Oakley said.

Pictures from Committee for Gippsland website.


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