Hydrogen Mobility Australia (HMA) celebrated a significant milestone in its growth as a leading hydrogen (H2) industry advocate by holding its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its members, government observers and industry supporters – and welcomed three new companies.

BOC, ITM Power and Siemens will join existing directors Hyundai Australia and Toyota Australia in supporting HMA to achieve its mission of a H2 society for Australia.

HMA is delighted to welcome these organisations to the board who will bring new expertise, insights and experience to HMA and extend the association’s leadership beyond the automotive sector to new industries in recognition of the growing Australian H2 sector.

The AGM saw two major initiatives announced to support HMA meet its objective of accelerating the introduction of H2 and fuel cell technologies to Australia, which included the expansion of its board of directors and the launch of its new membership programme.

The programme supports the association’s objective to be representative of the H2 sector as a whole. Previously by invitation only, membership of HMA will be offered to all organisations with interests in H2 and who wish to support HMA’s work in policy advocacy and education. This new membership offering will commence from 1st October.

AGM proceedings also saw presentations from leading authorities in the H2 space, including the Chief Scientist of Australia, Dr. Alan Finkel who recently made a series of recommendations to COAG on the significant potential for the creation of a domestic and export H2 industry.

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Source: Hydrogen Mobility Australia

Dr. Finkel’s H2 strategy aligns with the initiatives of CSIRO and ARENA, who both presented at the AGM, and will shortly release two H2 related studies - a blueprint for the development of an Australian H2 sector and a H2 export market study respectively. The H2 export opportunity in particular could be facilitated by the development of an ammonia to H2 membrane technology launched by CSIRO last week, the outcomes of which were similarly shared at the AGM.

Together, the work of the Chief Scientist, CSIRO and ARENA have had many commentators label August ‘H2 Month’ in recognition of the significant activity that is occurring on the role that H2 could play in Australia.

HMA and its members are highly motivated by the level of government commitment to exploring this exciting opportunity to create a new energy sector and urge all stakeholders to leverage the significant momentum being built and translate this into hydrogen projects across Australia, including hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Hydrogen Mobility Australia CEO, Claire Johnson said H2 could play a significant role in a sustainable energy system for Australia, and collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential to jump start the industry.

“H2 applications, including mobility, are being supported by governments globally to meet their climate, energy and economic goals. With Australia a potential supplier of H2 to the world, it is imperative of governments at all levels to work with industry to realise the full benefits of this opportunity, including the development of a H2 refuelling network across Australia,” Johnson said.