Hydrogen and energy to power inaugural symposium for the Hunter

Hydrogen and energy to power inaugural symposium for the Hunter

Recognised as an energy powerhouse, the Hunter will be showcasing its progress towards achieving a clean energy future at the inaugural Hydrogen and Energy Symposium to be held in Newcastle, Australia from 20 to 22 February 2023.

The Symposium, hosted by NewH2 and in partnership with HunterNet, will bring together government, industry, education, research and business to drive the collaborative approach needed across all sectors, delivering a clean energy future while still supporting existing and emerging energy projects.

NewH2 Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster Co-Lead, Clare Larkin-Sykes says the premise behind establishing the Symposium is to facilitate connections and knowledge sharing on policy developments, projects and innovation throughout the state and beyond.

“The inaugural Symposium is a key part of establishing relationships, understanding what projects are happening across the region and connecting the region’s skilled workforce to lead the way in achieving net-zero objectives,” Clare said.

“The region is undergoing a most ambitious undertaking in its rich industrial history, redesigning the way it is powered and the energy mix toward a clean energy future.

“In order to achieve this, the right hand needs to know what the left hand is doing. And that’s where events like the Hydrogen and Energy Symposium come in with speakers from across industry, government, research and development.”

New H2 Co-Lead and HunterNet Industry Advisor, Boris Novak says the significant co-investment from both state and federal governments will facilitate a transformative impact on the Hunter’s economy.

“Clean energy has global interest and is attracting billions of dollars for research and development,” Boris said.

“This, alongside the existing investment in both traditional and clean energy sectors, all point to the Hunter taking a leading role.

“The Hunter is the engine room of energy for NSW. With targets now set, the Hunter’s prowess in energy supply chain, and our know-how paves the way for the region to become a hydrogen hub and establish its leadership in clean energy innovation and energy harvesting at scale.”

Leading Hunter innovation think tank, Hunter iF is pledging its support to the development of the Hunter new energy economy through a new partnership with New H2.

Hunter iF Chair, Alex Brennan said the partnership would harness the capabilities of both organisations to generate momentum for the region.

“Hunter iF has actively promoted the Hunter Hydrogen economy since working collaboratively with the Committee for the Hunter to launch the Hunter Hydrogen Roadmap in late 2021,” Alex said.

“The complexity of the task that lies ahead to ensure the Hunter region becomes an international leader in Hydrogen production and export is large and complex, and requires collaboration from many varied businesses to ensure its success.”

The partnership will support the delivery of the NewH2 Hydrogen and Energy Symposium taking place on February 22 and 23 at Rydges Hotel, Newcastle.

IMAGE | Newcastle Harbour – photographed by Gilly Tanabose

NewH2 – Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster

NewH2: Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster - is supporting the emerging hydrogen economy in NSW by facilitating connections and knowledge sharing throughout the state and beyond. They support the development of the hydrogen supply chain, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in the development, deployment and commercialisation of new hydrogen focussed technologies. NewH2 was formed by a range of industry associations, businesses, TAFE and the University of Newcastle, with networks through the Hunter, Central Coast, Orana and beyond.

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