University of Newcastle welcomes $15 Million Decarbonisation Hub

Monday, 9 May 2022

The University of Newcastle has welcomed a $15 million investment from the NSW Government for a Decarbonisation Innovation Hub that will help fast-track research, development and commercialisation to drive solutions for a low emissions economy.

The University of Newcastle will co-host the Hub with UNSW Sydney, through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).

The Hub will build an integrated open innovation ecosystem that will efficiently drive industry transformation and development through its extensive networks, training, and capacity building.

University of Newcastle, Vice Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO explained the Hub will coordinate research, government and industry efforts to accelerate decarbonisation.

“This exciting partnership will bring together some of the best researchers in NSW, with industry and government, to reduce greenhouse emissions with a focus on renewable energy, clean energy storage solutions, electrification, green fuels including hydrogen, and chemicals.”

“Business may be looking to switch to greener alternatives, however creating and implementing the new technology can feel like a risk. The Hub will help to identify and address these barriers and empower industry to create a profitable lower-emissions economy,” Professor Zelinsky said

“Through this targeted initiative, the Hub will build an entire ‘innovation ecosystem’ in NSW, to drive measurable outcomes and impact towards NSW’s goal of Net Zero by 2050.”

The new Hub comprises a consortia of the NUW Alliance, (NSW’s four leading research intensive universities – the University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales, the University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University), UTS, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Climate KIC.

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