The Australian National University (ANU) is amongst nine Australian universities and research organisations to receive funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) towards research in renewable hydrogen.
ARENA, on behalf of the Australian Government, has announced today that it has awarded $22.1 million in funding to 16 projects across Australia to support innovation in exporting renewable hydrogen to the world.
As hydrogen is posed to play a larger role in a low carbon economy, it represents an opportunity for Australia to export renewable energy to other countries, particularly in Asia where the demand is expected to increase.
Electrical energy can readily be converted into hydrogen using electrolysis - but by using electrolysers powered by renewable resources (such as solar or wind), it produces renewable, or green, hydrogen.
The ANU has received funding towards three of its research projects focusing around renewable hydrogen.
The Solar Hydrogen Generation project, led by Professor Kylie Catchpole, has received a funding of $1.64 million. This project focuses on the development of efficient, stable, and cheap solar water splitting systems using low-cost semiconductors and non-noble metal-based catalysts.
The other ANU projects to receive ARENA funding are Direct Water Electroysis ($1.23 million) and Hydrogen Generation by Electro-Catalytic Systems ($600k).
This funding can help position Australia as a leader in renewable hydrogen exportation.