A new hub in Melbourne’s south east will be a major national precinct to explore new hydrogen technologies, including clean energy vehicles and hydrogen storage containers, and cement Victoria as a clean energy leader.

Swinburne University of Technology Victorian Hydrogen Hub

The $10 million Swinburne University of Technology Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) will provide opportunities to students, researchers and industry and be a place where the community can learn about hydrogen as a sustainable energy source.

Supported by the Victorian Government, the facility would stimulate Australia’s hydrogen sector and establish Victoria as a leader in developing clean, more efficient and reliable energy sources.

The VH2 will create about 300 new full-time jobs and half its PhD and Masters scholarships will be awarded to women to boost female participation in the sector.

Swinburne University will partner with CSIRO to establish the facility.

Construction will begin in early 2022 and take about 18 months, with a twin facility slated for Stuttgart in Germany, fostering an Australian-first international hydrogen development partnership.

VH2 is a key component of the Victorian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan which is due to be released in coming weeks and will set the framework for building a thriving hydrogen economy over the next decade.