February 24, 2024

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Universities Forge Global Alliance for Green Hydrogen Innovation

Image Credits: The University of Newcastle, Press Release

The University of Newcastle, along with over a dozen other international institutions, has joined the Global Partnership for Hydrogen Innovation. The partnership agreement was officially signed during the World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The collaboration involves universities, innovation centres, and major ports across Australia, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands joining forces to expedite the advancement of green hydrogen through innovative initiatives.

According to Professor Zee Upton, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Newcastle, the combination of changes in energy production methods and the consequences of climate change has generated an urgent requirement for nations to swiftly shift towards renewable energy sources.

Australia, along with numerous other countries, is embracing hydrogen as a vital component of its energy portfolio. Through collaboration with international industry and government partners, Australia aims to foster opportunities that will have a positive impact on both local regions and the global sphere. By participating in the Global Partnership for Hydrogen Innovation, Australia reaffirms its dedication to facilitating the sharing, expansion, and endorsement of hydrogen innovations worldwide.

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, the Vice-Chancellor, expressed a strong commitment on behalf of the University of Newcastle to collaborate with partners in order to foster the development of emerging industries and drive innovation in the field of green hydrogen, both at a global scale and within the region. The university possesses the necessary innovation capabilities and industry connections to fulfil this role, and they are enthusiastic about their significant partnership contribution.

Hydrogen innovations at the University of Newcastle 

Research and development

The University’s distinguished standing in applied engineering and science is revolutionizing the global energy landscape. With expertise concentrated in the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and the College of Engineering, Science, and Environment, the university possesses extensive hydrogen research capabilities encompassing various aspects such as production, storage, utilization, and cross-cutting technologies. This comprehensive expertise enables the University to actively contribute to advancements in the field of hydrogen and its wide-ranging applications.

Innovation

Through its collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Newcastle is at the forefront of clean energy innovation. Their joint initiative, the Trailblazer for Recycling and Clean Energy (TRaCE), has a primary objective of revolutionizing the delivery of technology readiness, commercialization, and industry-driven research to provide support for both small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as large industries. This partnership is poised to drive significant advancements in the clean energy sector, fostering a transformative impact on technology adoption and sustainable practices.

Education

The University has established the Energy Doctoral Training Centre, an initiative that provides support for industry-embedded PhD programs. This unique approach enhances the employability of research students by granting them access to the necessary expertise and resources to address real-world industry challenges. Moreover, it fosters closer collaborations between the university and industries.

Furthermore, the University has introduced the Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering program, aimed at equipping the future generation of energy engineers with the essential skills and experience required to excel in emerging energy economies. This program ensures that graduates are well-prepared to thrive in the evolving landscape of renewable energy, enabling them to make significant contributions to the field.

Industry collaboration

The University has established strategic collaboration agreements with notable organizations such as the Port of Newcastle. These agreements aim to drive the development of new energy opportunities, along with fostering education and innovation programs. The Port of Newcastle serves as a key strategic partner within the University’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N).

Through this partnership, the I2N assists entrepreneurs and startups in honing their enterprise skills, validating innovative concepts, and expediting the delivery of solutions to the market. By leveraging these collaborations, the University actively supports the growth and success of emerging ventures in the energy sector.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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