There is a growing demand for the development of a global hydrogen energy market. As a result, the field of underground hydrogen gas storage, production and utilisation is rapidly evolving.

With that in mind, UNSW Sydney recently hosted a successful conference on hydrogen storage and production which brought together key stakeholders in the industry. The event was co-organised with the University of Adelaide and sponsored by the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer of the NSW government.

Presentations and discussions on the latest research findings, technical solutions, and future directions took place over two days. Keynote speeches included a diverse range of topics, from underground storage in Australia to hydrogen production, and from microbial aspects of storage to fuel cell technologies.

Delegates from seven Australian universities as well as CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and energy companies gathered to assess the opportunities and challenges we face as we transition to a hydrogen economy.

“A future hydrogen economy requires multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional efforts to address the technical difficulties, and conferences like this facilitate knowledge sharing and team building,” said event organiser, Associate Professor Peyman Mostaghimi from the School of Mineral and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW.

Delegates from UNSW, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, University of Western Australia, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, and energy companies connected on the directions and challenges of this fast-developing field of expertise