The two clusters are expected to work in conjunction with the already established cluster of the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Group (H2Q) in Brisbane, according to a statement.
According to Energy, Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni, support for the Gladstone and Toowoomba clusters will boost the development of Queensland’s hydrogen supply chain and provide jobs for the people of Queensland in the sectors of manufacturing components and materials for new technology.
Queensland has partnered with National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) to develop the hubs.
These two new clusters will be officially announced at Hydrogen Australia 2021 to join the Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia (H2TCA), a national network of 13 hydrogen clusters across Australia.
Energy expert George Varma of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, said: “The development of hydrogen clusters will go a long way in ensuring that both the supply and demand for hydrogen develop in parallel. If we do not encourage the development of hydrogen ecosystems, we will be in a situation where we will have an abundant supply but no domestic demand. Therefore, investing in hydrogen clusters will not only help the hydrogen market, but also help develop the local market and we will be able to expand beyond the mere export of hydrogen, but also to l export of manufactured products and technologies.
The Queensland Government’s strategy for the hydrogen industry focuses on supporting innovation and facilitating skills development for new technologies, recognizing the importance of clusters in implementing their policies in the hydrogen industry.