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Many countries are making great strides with their hydrogen economies, particularly in Europe, the United States and north-east Asia. CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission includes an international collaboration program, supported by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. The purpose of the program is to strengthen international research ties between Australia and other active countries, so that we can work together to develop the global hydrogen industry and thus contribute to our net zero ambitions.

Hydrogen Research, Development and Demonstration Opportunities 

In 2022 we worked with international governments and organisations to develop reports outlining opportunities for country-to-country engagement in hydrogen research, development and demonstration projects (RD&D). Each report provides an overview of the country’s hydrogen priorities and ecosystem, as well as a publication and intellectual property (IP) scan identifying the key stakeholders actively undertaking hydrogen RD&D.

These reports have also been shared by Mission Innovation’s Clean Hydrogen Mission.

International Delegations

We then led delegations for Australia’s researchers to learn more about hydrogen activities in other countries. Research delegations during 2022 involved 14 Australian universities visiting Germany, France, Japan, UK, and the USA during September – December 2022.

In 2023 delegations are Singapore 19-23 June 2023, South Korea 4-8 September and India later in the year.

International research fellowships

The International Hydrogen Research Fellowship Program supports research in areas of critical national importance, by providing the opportunity for early to mid-career researchers in Australia to partner with researchers overseas.

We have awarded 22 fellowships.  Round one fellows are:

  • Hongjun Chen, University of Sydney
  • Yi-Sheng (Eason) Chen, University of Sydney
  • Christian Hornung, CSIRO
  • Yuhan Huang, University of Technology Sydney 
  • Hao Liu, University of Technology Sydney
  • Tuan Nguyen, University of Melbourne
  • Fatemeh Salehi, Macquarie University
  • Mahnaz Shafiei, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Helena Wang, Deakin University
  • Sam Xie, Curtin University
  • Zongyou Yin, Australian National University

Round two are in the process of finalising their plans:

  • Saman Asghari Gorji, Deakin University
  • Shaun Chan, The University of New South Wales
  • Liyuan Fan, James Cook University
  • Mohammad Saiful Islam, The University of New South Wales
  • Daniel Lane, CSIRO
  • Bin Lu, The Australian National University
  • Lauren Macreadie, The University of New South Wales
  • Nisa Salim, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Mitch Scovell, CSIRO
  • Nic Surawski, University of Technology Sydney
  • Mohsen Talei, The University of Melbourne

Round 3, possibly our final round will be held later in the year. The fellowships will close when spaces are filled (potentially 35-40).

Former Chief Scientist Alan Finkel was the plenary speaker at the Australian Hydrogen Research Conference 2023.

Find out how to express interest in a research fellowship.

Australian Hydrogen Research Network

The Australian Hydrogen Research Network (AHRN) is a community of researchers and interested stakeholders supporting the emerging hydrogen industry, founded by the CSIRO. By providing thought leadership, advocacy and research tools, the AHRN offers its members domestic networking opportunities as well as access to international collaborations.

The inaugural Australian Hydrogen Research Conference was held in February 2023, facilitated by the AHRN.

The report Australia’s critical hydrogen research questions was produced based on panel discussions and attendee feedback.

The next Australian Hydrogen Research Conference will be held in 2024. Details will be available on the AHRN website.

Chief Scientist Cathy Foley, AHRN Coordinator Andrew Dicks, and most of the CSIRO hydrogen team at the conference.

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