Australia and Canada to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

09 Jul 2020

The Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) and Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the commercial deployment of zero-emission hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

The MOU outlines areas of cooperation between Australia and Canada, including identifying opportunities for joint projects in mining and transportation, exchanging market intelligence and best practices for codes and standards, developing common messages to raise awareness of the benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells, and promoting business and research collaboration.

The CHFCA and AHC represent leading companies and organisations in the global hydrogen and fuel cell sector. These companies and organisations span the full supply chain, including fuel cell developers, hydrogen producers, vehicle manufacturers, components suppliers, academia, engineering and service providers, and fuelling infrastructure and storage specialists.

‘Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell sector looks forward to working with our colleagues in Australia to advance hydrogen energy and spur government-industry engagement,’ says Mark Kirby, President and CEO of the CHFCA.

‘International collaboration is a crucial part of building a competitive hydrogen industry that drives economic growth, creates jobs and provides a new way to power industries and homes,’ adds Fiona Simon, CEO of the AHC.

‘The hydrogen industry in Canada is ambitious, just as we are in Australia, and I look forward to working with the CHFCA to build a platform for collaboration that benefits both countries.’

Australia is committed to growing its hydrogen industry. In November 2019, the Australian Government unveiled its National Hydrogen Strategy. It has pledged A$300 million (US$191 million) to jumpstart hydrogen projects with the help of low-cost financing and build the industry by 2030. A Hydrogen Project Team was established in March 2020 to implement the strategy.

Austrade introduced the two associations and facilitated the discussions that resulted in the MOU.

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