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Deakin hydrogen hub announces feasibility study for Australia/Uruguay dairy industries

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Deakin University will undertake a feasibility study for hydrogen use in the dairy industries in Australia and Uruguay, in partnership with Food and Fibre Great South Coast.

Support for the project through a federal Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) grant was announced on Wednesday by the university. The size of the grant was not given.

According to a statement, the project will use the expertise at Hycel (a hub at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus focusing on hydrogen R&D, testing and training) and the university’s Latin American office in Montevideo, and Food and Fibre Great South Coast’s agricultural networks to create a “hydrogen dairy industry feasibility study, global webinar and key message campaign.”

Natalie Collard, Executive Officer of the food and fibre network, said that this project focusses on understanding hydrogen’s application in dairy industries to help the region capitalise on this potential.

“Hydrogen is an emerging market with enormous potential and mapping the opportunities for key industries such as dairy in these early stages means that our south west Victorian region can be at the forefront of innovation,” she said.

Hycel received establishment phase funding of $2 million in December 2019 from the federal government. Its emphasis is on hydrogen use rather than production.

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