A hydrogen-based research initiative at the University of New South Wales, Australia, could gain a share of $242.7m under the Australian Government’s new Trailblazer Universities Programme.

Revealed today (Feb 7), the initiative for Australian Trailblazer for Recycling and Clean Energy (ATRaCE) bid will aim to focus on a variety of development and commercialisation of technologies that will enable more sustainable practices such as hydrogen.

Introducing hydrogen within this could support the growing hydrogen sector within Australia and bolster the Government’s aspirations in decarbonisation.

Justine Jarvinen, CEO of the University of New South Wales’ Energy Institute, said, “UNSW and the University of Newcastle have a huge pipeline of innovative technologies that are aligned with growing global markets in electrification and energy systems, ‘power to X’ including hydrogen, next-generation solar PV systems, recycling and MICROfactories.

“Our Trailblazer vision is to create a full innovation ecosystem that builds on our successful commercialisation history, accelerates impact and creates national capability.”

Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research & Enterprise at the University of New South Wales, said, “If successful in Trailblazer, UNSW will partner collaboratively with cutting edge leading industries and small to medium enterprises to create world-class leadership in research commercialisation and university-industry collaboration.

“We have a proud track record at UNSW of research in the fields of defence, clean energy, recycling and related fields.

“These days it’s imperative that research gets translated into outcomes that benefit all of Australia. UNSW has a great track record of doing so, as demonstrated by the solar panel IP invented by UNSW researchers which is currently manufactured around the world, and by the world’s first home hydrogen battery concept developed at UNSW.”