Port of Newcastle signs hydrogen partnership

Port of Newcastle hydrogen agreement

Port of Newcastle has joined forces with ten global energy enablers to commit to the Platform Zero Global Partnership for Hydrogen Innovation.

The collaborative global partnership was announced to support hydrogen innovation.

Port of Newcastle CEO, Craig Carmody, and COO, Simon Byrnes, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under supervision of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development to accelerate the renewable energy transition with Platform Zero, Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam and key universities and innovation hubs around the world.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with such a strong cohort of leaders in this space and to be a leading voice for our sector and region as the only Australian Port represented among these global energy industry enablers,” Carmody said.

Carmody said the partnership is another milestone of Port of Newcastle’s diversification strategy.

“It puts Port of Newcastle at the table alongside like-minded global leaders in the sector, enabling us to work together to develop and scale innovative hydrogen technologies and overcome key bottlenecks to enable the hydrogen and clean energy transition and trade pathways,” he said.

“As we work to bring our Clean Energy Precinct to reality, the benefits of this virtual global innovation hub will be exponential, allowing our Port and Region to learn from international Ports, researchers and clean energy producers, whilst contributing to the development of the Innovation Road Map that will enable a global hydrogen economy.”

Byrnes said partnerships like these will be key to the future enablement of a scalable clean energy trade pathway at Port of Newcastle.

“Within the Platform Zero partnership, universities will contribute through developing the relevant new technologies and solutions, where Ports, like Port of Newcastle, and innovation hubs, will develop infrastructure to support storage, transportation and scaling of innovative hydrogen technologies that enable the clean energy transition,” he said.

“As the designated NSW hydrogen hub, we are at the forefront of creating a new economy – one which faces many technological challenges in order to make it scalable, economical, reliable and safe.

“So, collaborating with other innovators who are developing and scaling new technologies will be the key enabler for a hydrogen economy.”

Port of Newcastle was also recognised as a finalist at the World Hydrogen 2023 Awards in the Port of the Future Award Category.

As a finalist, Port has reaffirmed its commitment toward a cleaner, greener future through its work in helping drive hydrogen and clean energy production in the Hunter region.

“Although we did not win the category, the fact the world’s largest coal port is sitting alongside such progressive ports as a finalist at the World’s Hydrogen Awards, is a clear indication Port of Newcastle’s diversification journey is heading in the right direction,” Carmody said.

“Our port is changing for the future, and we remain focused on collaboration, diversification and developing clean energy trade pathways, career opportunities and jobs for generations to come.”

In other news, following a successful trial of a hydrogen-powered 2008 Mack Granite, ACFS Port Logistics is looking to further implement the source of energy into its fleet of over 300 trucks.

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