Inaugural conference on hydrogen research kicks off in Canberra

The Australian Hydrogen Research Conference is being held at the Australian National University.

A landmark conference that aims to accelerate Australia’s hydrogen development to combat climate change has kicked off in Canberra.

Managed by Arinex, the inaugural Australian Hydrogen Research Conference (AHRC 2023), is being held at the Australian National University (ANU).

AHRC 2023 has attracted more than 330 researchers from universities, industry and government agencies to meet with key stakeholders to examine all aspects of hydrogen research.

AHRC 2023 co-Chair, Professor Ken Baldwin from ANU, said the conference would generate a pathway towards a sustainable future based on green hydrogen.

“In order to accelerate the development and the creation of hydrogen applications such as the production of green steel, an enormous amount of research will be needed across a range of disciplines from science and technology, to human and social sciences,” Professor Baldwin said.

“By comparison, the global liquefied natural gas industry took many decades to develop but climate change doesn’t allow the world that timescale for the hydrogen economy to be realised.”

Arinex managing director Nicole Walker said the conference was supporting vital research to help accelerate Australia’s net zero ambitions.

Arinex became the first Australian carbon-neutral certified event management company in 2022 and has helped deliver several conferences within the environmental space, including the upcoming carbon-neutral certified WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2023.

“Not only are the discussions at AHRC 2023 enormously important for our environment, they will also help support and create jobs in the hydrogen industry,” Walker said.

“As an organisation with a strong focus on a sustainable future, we see this topic as pivotal and we are so pleased to play a role in facilitating the work of these bright minds.”