Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster
The Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster is one of 15 National Hydrogen Clusters established with the support of NERA in February of 2021.
Murdoch University the leading research institution in the Perth South and Peel Region together with City of Mandurah the leading local WA government are working to promote hydrogen technology will collaborate with the region’s industries to identify, develop and implement the necessary hydrogen technologies in order to build a hydrogen economy in the proposed region.
The key barriers to development of the hydrogen supply chain and technology that the Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster intends to address are:
What is the compelling case for a hydrogen technology cluster in the Perth and Peel Region?
The several large industrial areas within the cluster region will be the engine rooms of innovation and economic growth in the emerging hydrogen sector as Western Australia transitions to a low-carbon energy state. The hydrogen industry, and in particular ‘Green Hydrogen’ technology is required for transition to “Net Zero Carbon” energy supply systems.
There is a need to build resilience in the economy by moving the Perth and Peel region’s population-driven and service-based economy towards an export-driven and trade-based economy, to increase skills and education levels and to create jobs.
Transform Peel is a 35-year visionary project to create new industries, more jobs and improved food security, through innovation, research and collaboration. Transform Peel will be home to the Peel Business Park, the WA Food Innovation Precinct and the Peel Food Zone and already has a strong renewable footprint with the deployment of a one of a kind renewable energy (1.2 MW PV + 2.5 MWh battery) industrial microgrid providing clean, green energy to Park customers. The Perth and Peel Cluster is actively working to ensure hydrogen is part of the Transform Peel story. The abundant synergies and opportunities between hydrogen, industry and agriculture are evident and the Cluster will work to activate these hydrogen supply chains.
A recent (2020) report commissioned by the City of Mandurah and the Shire of Murray; “Emerging Industries for the Peel Region: an initial overview,” found that, the hydrogen economy was the emerging industry with the greatest potential for establishment in Mandurah/Murray. It also found that the future battery metals industry was likely to grow strongly in Western Australia, including platinum and other metals for fuel cell. The Kwinana Industries Council also notes the European requirement for demonstratable green energy credentials associated with battery and component manufacture/supply presents a further opportunity for green hydrogen base load power for such chemical production companies.
In January 2020, Hazer Group Limited (one of the subsequent founding members of the Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster) announced its successful application under the WA Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund for funding of a feasibility study into the establishment of a renewable hydrogen transport hub in the City of Mandurah. This study is currently underway and once it is complete it will be released publicly.
The Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development 2019) also emphasise the need for constructive relationships/clusters and has committed to continue to engage with industry, governments and research bodies to support and facilitate the development of the industry.
Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy (COAG 2019) makes specific reference to the need for creating hubs/clusters to make the development of infrastructure more cost-effective, promote efficiencies from economies of scale, foster innovation, and promote synergies from sector coupling.
Images of Peel Business Park Micro-Grid, supplied by Development WA
Regional context and significant opportunities
What’s in it for the Region?
- Employment – Rollout of hydrogen industry in WA will create new jobs in a range of sectors, including jobs for Mandurah residents;
- Skills Development – Emerging hydrogen industry will require skilled workers, creating new University and TAFE education and training opportunities, including for Mandurah residents;
- Industry Diversification – Hydrogen industry will assist Mandurah and Peel’s economic diversification, reducing its reliance on retail and construction sectors;
- Emissions Reduction – Growth of the renewable hydrogen sector will help Western Australia – including Mandurah – reduce its reliance on carbon-emitting transport and industry, enabling the City to play its part in addressing climate change.
Significant Regional Opportunities
- Transport, Logistics /Warehousing in key industrial areas such as Rockingham/Kwinana and Peel Business Park and Agri-Innovation Precinct
- Existing and Future Major Transport Connections e.g. Westport and Tonkin Highway Extension
- Green Steel/Aluminium Manufacturing
- Proximity to landfill, wastewater and agricultural waste sources for H2 producers using methane as feedstock (Hazer Group / Biopower Solution)
- Extension of the Clusters remit to South-West WA which includes significant renewable energy and relevant agricultural resources
Transform Peel is a 35-year visionary project to create new industries, more jobs and improved food security, through innovation, research and collaboration.
Transform Peel combines a strategic location, a time zone shared by more than 60% of the world population, research and data to fast track investment analysis, the flexibility of tailored investment packages and the synergies of an innovative industrial ecosystem for the future.
The Perth and Peel Cluster is actively collaborating with Transform Peel to identify the opportunities and business synergies for our members.
The 120ha Peel Business Park has a focus on creating local job opportunities, is positioned as WA’s home of agri-innovation featuring the Shire of Murray’s Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct and is backed by best practice services including water, power, gas and telecommunications.
The Peel Business Park incorporates a planned capacity to support Research and Development (R&D) and training through the development of a technology park, with an emphasis on primary industries.
The development of the Peel Business Park provides the opportunity to demonstrate the viability of innovative on-site servicing solutions as a way to reduce the expensive early provision of ‘business-as-usual’ trunk servicing infrastructure ahead of current planned network expansions.
The Peel Business Park Program is managed by DevelopmentWA however the Perth and Peel Cluster can provide a concierge service for members looking to establish with the Peel Business Park.
The WAFIP is being developed in the Peel region to support Western Australia in building a robust and vibrant food and beverage manufacturing sector.
Specialised equipment and research and production capabilities will ensure the Precinct offers a substantial variety of technologies and processing methods, aimed at scientifically proving nutrition and traceability, and the development of high-value food with extended shelf life.
The Precinct will create an enabling environment for Western Australian, Australian and global entrepreneurs, food companies and agri-enterprises to cost-effectively network, research, develop, prototype and market-test new value-added food products derived from Western Australia primary produce.
The Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster is working with members organisations that require inputs and/or produce outputs that are closely interlinked with food manufacturing.
The Peel region is strategically positioned to contribute to the food and nutrition security of the Perth Metropolitan area, and greater Western Australia. The region also has capacity to capture high-value export opportunities to capitalise on global demand for food.
The Peel Agri Food Study identifies the Peel region as having the capacity for a range of high-value intensive rural and food production activities. The study researched land in the Peel region to assess its suitability for a range of intensive rural and food production uses.
Highlighted by the study were several innovative food production solutions as well as research for producing high-value product for domestic and global markets.
This research supports the region’s capacity to capture high-value export opportunities and to capitalise on the increasing global demand for food.
The Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster is working with members organisations that require inputs and/or produce outputs that are closely interlinked with agriculture.
Establish the Peel & South-West Metropolitan Region as a leading Australian hydrogen industry technology developer, enabler and adopter.
Create a regional hydrogen cluster where public, private and education sectors collaborate to innovate, build competence and capability, create business and market development opportunities, and develop technology excellence in regional, national and international hydrogen supply chains.
To jointly develop a regional, national and international hydrogen supply chain ecosystem by engaging and partnering with cluster members from the public, private and education sectors and enhancing hydrogen research and development (R&D) and education and training outcomes.
Our Focus Areas
Research & Development
Strengthen industry’s research and development (R&D) capability to drive hydrogen technology enhancement.
Education & Training
Advocacy and Collaboration
Hydrogen Technology Network Australia (H2TCA)
NERA is facilitating connections and knowledge sharing between the cluster network to lead the formation and early development of an overarching industry-led Australian Hydrogen Technology Cluster (H2TCA).
The H2TCA aims to accelerate the hydrogen supply chain development by enabling vital connection, collaboration, and alignment of action across Australia. The cluster network reduces duplication and identifies gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen-focussed technologies.
The H2TCA will expedite rapid development of the hydrogen supply chain and drive market activation, establishing a global identity and recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.
Hydrogen Technology Cluster Network
Evoenergy, ACT Renewables Hub, Australian National University, ACT Government, Hydrogen Australia, Smart Energy Council
University of Newcastle and 14 partners
Darwin Innovation Hub along with NT Government, Energy Club NT and Charles Darwin University (CDU)
Regional Development Australia Brisbane, on behalf of 38 organisations
Gladstone Engineering Alliance and Gladstone Regional Council, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Central Queensland University, Department of State Development, Regional Development Australia and Start up Gladstone.
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE)
EfficientSee Pty Ltd and Mumford Commercial
Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone (BBAMZ)
Committee for Gippsland on behalf of 64 supporting organisations
GrapheneX, CSIRO, Swinburne University, Hydrogen 2.0, Cleantech Japan, ARENA2036
Mallee Regional Innovation Centre
Hydrogen Society of Australia on behalf of consortium
City of Karratha with support from Yara Pilbara Fertilisers
Australian Hydrogen Industry
Resources and Links
AUSTRALIAN H2 CAPABILITY MAPPING PLATFORM
Established by NERA the Australian H2 Capability Mapping Platform is mapping and promoting regional hydrogen ecosystems with a focus on supply chain capability.
Companies across the Australian hydrogen supply chain can complete a free company profile that describes them and their hydrogen experience.
Members of the Perth and Peel Hydrogen cluster can register and nominate to be included in the Hydrogen National Supplier Search Page.
The purpose of HyResource is to collate core information around projects, policies and key organisations involved in the research, development and deployment of clean hydrogen as a low-emissions energy source. This collaborative resource is complementary to individual organisation knowledge and information sharing efforts. For those users wishing to access additional or more detailed information, the links provided within this resource enables HyResource to act as a ‘gateway’ to more specific hydrogen resources.
Aus H2 – Australia’s Hydrogen Opportunities Tool
AUS H2 – AUSTRALIA’S HYDROGEN OPPORTUNITIES TOOL
The Australia Hydrogen Opportunities Tool (AusH2) provides free access to geoscience data and tools for mapping and understanding the potential for hydrogen production in Australia. The tool was produced by Geoscience Australia for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council’s Hydrogen Working Group.
CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission
CSIRO HYDROGEN INDUSTRY MISSION
The Hydrogen Industry Mission will contribute to a low emissions future for Australia by aiming to:
- Promote major new domestic and export industries, creating urban and regional jobs and GPD growth
- Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in industrial processes
- Contribute to a diversified energy system with increased energy security and resilience.
The Hydrogen Industry Mission will focus on hydrogen research, development and demonstration projects such as:
- Hydrogen Knowledge Centre. A national resource for industry, government and the research community which highlights Australia’s hydrogen projects and provides modelling tools and educational resources.
- Feasibility studies and strategy. Delivering trusted independent strategic and technical analysis and advice to de-risk projects in partnership with industry experts and project proponents.
- Demonstration projects. Collaborative partnerships that validate hydrogen value chains and de-risk enabling technologies to inform investment and deployment decisions.
- Enabling science and technology. Delivering science and technology solutions and socio-economic analysis to remove barriers to hydrogen industry scale-up.
Australian Technology Catalogue Portal
AUSTRALIAN TECHNOLOGY CATALOGUE PORTAL
Australian energy technology suppliers rely on exhibitions, conferences and trade shows to promote their technologies into domestic and overseas markets and as a result of the pandemic many of these have gone by the wayside.
Recognising this unique challenge – as well as the many other challenges Australian operators and technology end-users have when searching for and comparing available solutions, and the challenges many Australian technology suppliers have deploying their technology – NERA partnered with TechnologyCatalogue.com to deliver an Australian portal of the Technology Catalogue — an online platform that connects technology suppliers and end-users to solve energy related challenges and rapidly deploy technologies.
The platform is all about connecting operators and technology end-users with the solutions they need – end-users can quickly explore, review and compare multiple options to find the right solutions to their specific challenges and it allows suppliers to showcase and prove their technology solutions for free, helping them to connect with end-users and bring their technology to market.