The Smart Energy Council and the Australian Association of Hydrogen Energy (AAHE) are joining forces to create a new voice for the emerging hydrogen industry with the announcement of Hydrogen Australia.
Hydrogen Australia will be a division of the Smart Energy Council, and is intended to be a force for advocacy, action, and support for the development of hydrogen in Australia.
Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, John Grimes, said, “Green hydrogen is smart energy. It’s the low emissions energy source that will help power and transport Australia in the 21st Century.
“Green hydrogen and its downstream fuels and chemicals will be critical to Australia’s energy future, providing jobs, investment and export opportunities.
“Very soon, we will start to see hydrogen being exported from Australia to Japan, South Korea, Singapore and other nations. It’s really exciting.”
President of the Australian Association of Hydrogen Energy, Dr Attilio Pigneri, said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Smart Energy Council to deliver research, training and advocacy to power Australia’s clean energy transition.
“The Smart Energy Council represents a unique platform to grow hydrogen as a key plank of Australia’s future energy sector.
“As a foundation activity for Hydrogen Australia, we are pleased to announce the development of a bid to bring the 2022 World Hydrogen Energy Conference to Melbourne, working closely with the Melbourne Convention Bureau, and with support from the Victorian and Australian Governments.”
Hydrogen Australia will continue AAHE’s role as the Australian signatory to the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Technology Co-operation Programme, and will play an integral role in the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy being developed by COAG.