Why Cluster: The Australian Hydrogen Innovation Cluster journey
In February 2021, NERA announced a $1.85M investment in 13 hydrogen clusters across all Australian states and territories as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster, which will foster a multi-billion-dollar globally competitive hydrogen industry. This successful, national collaboration of a new Australian industry sector provides an excellent case study of the role innovation clusters can play in forwarding an industry.
This session brings together some of the key stakeholders involved and will discuss how the cluster aims to establish a global identity and recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise. One which seeks to develop a supply chain, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in the development, deployment and commercialisation of new hydrogen focused technologies.
About our speakers
Leigh Kennedy is NERA’s newly appointed National Cluster Development Manager with a focus on working collaboratively with regional clusters to build an Australian hydrogen tech cluster. Leigh previously worked at Austrade focused on assisting international investors develop renewable energy and hydrogen projects in Australia. Leigh also worked with Australian automotive component suppliers develop export focused clusters to assist them to enter global value chains throughout Asia and the USA. He also has significant experience in energy security policy when based in Canberra.
Andy Marsland is a Director of H2Q. He has been working within the emerging Hydrogen sector for the past 2 years and joined the H2Q Executive Leadership team in June 2020.
He is passionate about championing positive engagement for the advancement of the energy sector and the decarbonization of society. He contributes his time voluntarily to H2Q.
Additional to his H2Q responsibilities, Andy is one of the leading Recruitment Managers in Australia for Energy, and has a wealth of experience spanning over 19 years in Australia and the UK. He has been head of Stellar’s Energy Business since 2010 and he has partnered with start-ups, SMEs and global energy companies to assist them reach their team expansion and diversity goals. He holds a BA in Management from the University of Nottingham.
Long history in technology innovation, with over 30 years of experience in the resource industry wIth Placer Dome and Barrick Gold. Studied biotechnology and computer science at the University of Queensland. Andrew is part of the founding team for the Global Mining Guidelines collaboration group (now in it’s 12th Year or operation), and the executive chair for Queensland Robotics (a member of Robotics Australia – growing the robotics Industry globally). Queensland Robotics is a cluster where Industry, Researchers, Government, Entrepreneurs, Startups and Venture capitalists are working together to grow the Australian robotics industry through collaboration, trust and innovation. METS Ignited is a Industry Growth Centre for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services Sectors and is very supportive of Robotics and Automation and is active in Industry Cluster development.
Andrew is interested in deep symbiotic collaboration to stimulate, promote and realize positive outcomes for humanity and the planet earth.