Focus

Our Focus Areas

The goal of the Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster Ltd is to enhance companies’ individual and collective innovation and competitiveness in the global market and building Australia’s future technology and workforce in Renewable Hydrogen.

The cluster will engage with industries working on Renewable Hydrogen technologies to work together to create regional hydrogen ecosystem that can service local economies and related international markets.

The Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster Ltd works with its members to develop projects, programmes and initiatives that meet industry needs, gaps and requirements and align with our four focus areas.

Research and Development

Research & Development

Education and Training

Education & Training

Business Development

ECONOMIC Development

Advocacy and Collaboration

Advocacy and Collaboration

Research & Development

Strengthen the link between industry and R&D Groups to drive technology improvement

  • Green hydrogen for the replacement of ‘brown’ hydrogen and fossil-fuel reliant energy in existing industrial processes, to improve their greenhouse gas emission profiles
  • Blending of renewable hydrogen with natural gas in existing distribution networks
  • Alignment of electrolyser developments with ongoing wind and solar PV expansion on the SWIS electricity grid;
  • Matching electrolyser loads with electricity grid dynamics
  • Market potential assessment for hydrogen production from organic waste
  • Hydrogen fuel cells for transport systems and standby power applications
  • Work towards technologies for bulk hydrogen storage as liquified gas or as ammonia for export market
  • Investigate viability of Green Steel industry development in the region
  • Investigate the link/potential between hydrogen, the emerging battery /lithium industry in WA, and internationally required renewable energy content.
  • Sustainability Assessments of different emerging hydrogen technologies
  • Academic / research support of commercial and emerging technologies (E.g. data analysis, modelling, prototyping development)
  • Identify and help to develop regional Hydrogen Supply Chain ecosystems by engaging cluster members and the broader community
  • Pilot project development
  • Development of joint test facilities with industry

New research projects sought – click to read more

Student Masters Dissertation

The Potential of using Renewable Hydrogen-Based Systems to displace Diesel Generators: A Case Study of a Remote Area in Western Australia

Collaboration Partner:
Balance Services Group

 

Student Dissertation

Feasibility Study on H2 Storage, Distribution and Utilization for Power Generation and Transportation in QLD Sugarcane Industry

Collaboration Partner:
Biopower Solutions

 

Student Dissertation

Assessment of economic and environmental performance of blending hydrogen in existing natural gas pipelines of Western Australia.

 

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Education & Training

Develop hydrogen industry competence, skills and capability.
  • Provide academic perspective and rigor to the development of skills and technology needed in the growth of the emerging hydrogen industry
  • Capacity building of the existing workforce related to hydrogen technologies and economy
  • Increase awareness and acceptance of H2 in the wider industry / community
  • Delivery of relevant Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Training
  • Organisation of workshops and webinars together with industry and community to explore new ideas, technologies, business opportunities etc.
  • Development of hydrogen course materials for micro-credentials and short courses.

Green Hydrogen Skills Stocktake Report

Description

Identify and develop short courses and skills for the hydrogen economy

The recent growth in hydrogen production and storage technologies leads to vast new employment opportunities in various sectors. Many jobs currently need to be created and need occupational titles defined in official classifications. In addition, many of these jobs require different skills and educational training than current jobs, so skill requirements must be assessed. 

The Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster initiated a study alongside partner Murdoch University and Prof. Christopher Lund of Enterprise Sustainability, to identify the skills and training requirements for the vocational and tertiary sectors including Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) (with the capability to deliver professional development short courses) that are relevant and contextualised for the Perth and Peel Region and potentially the broader State of Western Australia.

To determine what knowledge and skills are needed across the complex green hydrogen value chain, the study has used an approach previously applied successfully to determine the graduate capabilities and deliver curriculum mapping in the two related areas of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy. The Green Hydrogen Skills tool requires three key inputs, or tapestries, that are combined to produce the set of competencies needed (curriculum blocks) for specific roles in the different elements of the green hydrogen value chain.

A taxonomy of technical knowledge and capability for each part of the green hydrogen value chain is developed based on desktop research. These taxonomies were simplified based on three key domains, Supply, Policy and Regulation, and Demand.

The study is underway, having undergone limited consultation in late 2022. It is anticipated that the first phase of this work will be released in early 2023.

 Stage 1: Green Hydrogen Skills Stocktake Report - Methodology underway

Stage 2: Skills Gap Analysis

Collaboration Partner:
Murdoch University and Enterprise Sustainability. Please get in touch if you would like to collaborate on this initiative.

Estimated Completion Date:
February 2023

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ECONOMIC Development

Create business and market development opportunities for commercialisation via on-ground support, technical assistance, grants and pilot projects.
  • Support small and medium industries (SMEs) on their new technology development.
  • Enhance networking with national and international industries, funding bodies and academic and research institutions that can facilitate entrepreneurship and business case development
  • Identify opportunities for scalability and market development, including export.
  • Identify funding opportunities and attract investment in the hydrogen industry space
  • Providing techno-economic analysis in order to support industry growth.

Description

Support development of Biopower Solutions pilot plant

Collaboration Partner:
Biopower Solutions

Estimated Completion Date:
Q2 2024

Potential for a WA Hydrogen Innovation Precinct

The Perth and Peel Hydrogen Cluster recently completed its final proof-of-concept study to determine the viability of establishing a hydrogen innovation precinct at Peel Business Park, Nambeelup WA.

The study, undertaken by consultant Syme Marmion & Co. on behalf of the Cluster, commenced in April and was completed in July. This was followed by a webinar and online survey in September, and a presentation to the Peel Development Commission Board in October. The WA Hydrogen Innovation Precinct (H2IP) concept study was recently circulated to Western Australian Government, following which the Cluster has decided to progress to the business case stage.

Main findings of the study

Main findings of the H2IP study included:

  • The South-West Metro-Peel sub-region contains highly important industrial pillars of the Western Australian economy, and the region is also ideal for renewable energy production;
  • The sub-region has a competitive advantage as a future low-cost renewable energy producer, providing opportunity to vastly expand downstream raw materials processing and value-added manufacturing, and in contrast to many other locations, the sub-region has the skilled workforce at scale to support this expansion;
  • The sub-region could become an early developer of cost-competitive industrial uses for green hydrogen, such as the smelting of green steel and alumina and further refining of critical battery metals;
  • WA’s existing gas pipeline corridor could be augmented to accommodate a dedicated hydrogen supply network to key heavy industrial areas such as Kwinana, Kemerton and Collie;
  • There is an identified need for a hydrogen innovation precinct in Western Australia to assist and ‘incubate’ hydrogen start-ups/SME development. Nambeelup is an ideal location that could leverage existing available Peel Business Park industrial land, services and utilities, nearby office spaces and the Peel Microgrid;
  • The detailed cost to establish a hydrogen innovation precinct at Nambeelup will be established in a subsequent business case; however an indicative cost is $3m-$5m;
  • There are large areas of relatively low-value rural land to the north and south of Nambeelup with good solar and wind resources, making them ideal for renewable energy production, and providing the basis for hydrogen delivery via pipeline to Nambeelup and Kwinana;
  • The Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP) in Neerabup provides a potential operational model for the hydrogen innovation precinct;
  • Large-scale hydrogen electrolyser production is a realistic goal for WA, which would leverage the sub-region's competitive advantages and could occur jointly within both heavy industrial areas (chemical production) and general industrial estates (advanced metal manufacture and fabrication);
  • There is a need to tailor hydrogen assistance programs towards the rapid development of new technology derived from start-ups, SMEs and numerous university research programs and cooperative research centres (CRCs);
  • A coordinated program by the five local governments of Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, Kwinana and Cockburn, together with the Peel Development Commission (PDC) and the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) would provide the region with a powerful advocacy voice and increase the prospect of government investment in hydrogen and broader industry development; and
  • There is a need to develop an updated joint industry/government hydrogen strategy to identify the actions and coordination required to fully capture the many opportunities of the hydrogen industry in Western Australia.
Recommendations to Government

In addition to the key findings, the Cluster has prepared a position paper on the H2IP concept, providing the following recommendations to Government:

  • Allocate funding to undertake a business case into the establishment of a WA Hydrogen Innovation Precinct (H2IP) at Peel Business Park, Nambeelup that would serve as an ‘incubator’ for hydrogen technology start-ups and small-medium enterprises to help them develop, test, demonstrate and commercialise their technologies. with the following features:
    • Serviced land parcels on a time-limited discounted land lease basis for approved hydrogen technology start-ups and SMEs;
    • Assistance with establishment of necessary structures (e.g. hardstands, sheds, warehouses), noting that they might add to land value;
    • Access to subsidised research and development and testing capability;
    • Access to an R&D fund with no matched funding requirement, specifically targeted at hydrogen SMEs and start-ups;
    • Assistance with access to office space and other facilities;
    • Investigation of the need for, and specifications of, a dedicated common-user facility after initial precinct operations.,
    • Subsequent provision of anchor tenant leases at H2IP for multiple major national/international R&D providers.
  • Prepare additional land at Peel Business Park suitable for subsequent commercial development and scale-up of hydrogen industry technology, ahead of immediate demand to ensure it is readily available when needed.
Recommendations to update WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy

The position paper also recommended a review and update of the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy to incorporate hydrogen applications for industrial processes, including:

  • New industrial applications (e.g. smelting of green steel, alumina, further refining of battery metals, agriculture etc.);
  • Augmentation of WA’s existing gas pipeline network for hydrogen, and ensuring access to the pipeline for new hydrogen production facilities;
  • Development of large-scale electrolyser production in Western Australia;
  • Expansion of WA’s renewable sources of hydrogen production (e.g. solar, wind, pumped hydro, wave, geothermal);
  • Research partnership with Water Corporation into the use of treated wastewater and desalination for hydrogen electrolysis;
  • Development of a Western Australian advanced manufacturing industry, incorporating large-scale production of hydrogen electrolysers, solar and wind farm components, electric heat pumps, battery metals and battery precursors.

For copies of the full report and summary report and position paper, please see the links below.

H2IP Full Report Cover    H2IP Summary Report Cover   Advocacy Paper Cover

The Cluster is also seeking expressions of interest from hydrogen start-ups interested in potentially establishing their operations at H2IP.

For further details, please contact rd@peel.wa.gov.au

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Advocacy & Collaboration

Engage with industry and government to ensure the successful development of the Cluster’s projects and programs.
  • Identify any regulatory issues and standards in relation to generation, storage, distribution and end-use systems
  • Seek to gain learnings from other successful demonstrations of green hydrogen internationally (e.g. Germany, Netherlands, UK) and nationally (e.g. South Australia) that can be useful to this region
  • Seek to gain learnings from other industries and sectors that can be used to advance the regional hydrogen economy
  • Development of policy briefs that respond to key issues identified throughout the establishment process and life of the cluster
  • Develop a new purity index and certification scheme for different grades of hydrogen
  • Delivery of workshops/webinar to share learnings from other successful projects

Description

Policy Brief 2:

Renewable Green Hydrogen – Opportunities and Threats for Australia in North-eastern Asian Region

Collaboration Partner: Murdoch University

Estimated Completion Date: July 2022

Description

Policy Brief 1:

Renewable Energy Transition: Opportunities for a renewable hydrogen economy in Western Australia with renewable energy exports to Southeast Asia

Collaboration Partner:
Energy Transition Hub

Estimated Completion Date:
Complete

Policy Brief

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