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
Aurelia is an experienced environmental engineering entrepreneur and practitioner. With over 25 years of practical experience as a leader in the professional project development and engineering, Aurelia has been at the forefront of application of sustainability in practice. As one of the founding members and currently the inaugural Chair of H2Q Hydrogen Industry Cluster, Aurelia is contributing to shaping the ecosystem and the support that is required to turbo-charge our uptake of zero emission solutions.
Tracy is an expert in cluster development, regional innovation and global competitiveness. She is an economic development practitioner and was a founding member of National EDA body, Economic Development Australia. She specialises in the facilitation and formation of innovation clusters for regional competitiveness and her particular interest lies in the internationalisation of Australian regions.
In November 2015 Tracy joined the Board of Directors of the TCI Network – the international organisation for clusters, innovation and competitiveness – and is the founding and current Chair of TCI’s Oceania chapter. Tracy has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, has undertaken postgraduate studies in Adult Learning and Population Studies and is currently studying International Development with the London School of Economics.
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.