Warrnambool will continue to play a critical role in Australia’s growing hydrogen industry, with the Morrison Government committing $7 million to Deakin University’s Hycel Hydrogen Technology Hub.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the funding would go towards the construction and fit-out of the Hycel fuel wing.
“Hycel hydrogen research facility is one of Australia’s first facilities to safely test and optimise new hydrogen technologies, and this $7 million in funding is a welcome investment to progress that project,” Minister Tehan said.
“Through this investment in Deakin University and Warrnambool, we can better develop the technology needed to power Australia into the future.”
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the funding would allow the university to continue testing, developing and prototyping hydrogen fuel technology in the region.
“This world-leading hydrogen research facility is positioning southwest Victoria as a national leader in hydrogen energy research and commercialisation,” Minister Tudge said.
“This project is a prime example of how industry-university collaboration can create job-ready graduates and turn research discoveries into something that benefits Australians”
“Collaboration between universities and industry provides clear benefits for students, universities and businesses, which is why we have made these connections a key focus for our Government.”
The funding is part of the Government’s $40 million Strategic University Reform Fund (SURF), which encourages innovation and greater connection between research and local industry.
This is one of 10 similar projects being funded in the first round of SURF that all have the potential to be upscaled and to improve the practical application of Australia’s world-class research.
SURF was announced in the 2020-21 Budget as part of a $1.2 billion package for the research sector. Further rounds of SURF will open in the coming years.