Who we are

Our Purpose

The Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform has been created to ensure that we have the breadth and depth of scientific and technical capability to meet the needs of the evolving hydrogen industry – one with an increasing focus on renewable energy export. The FSP plays an important role in the wider CSIRO Hydrogen RD&D program, complementing the work of the Hydrogen Industry Mission and the Energy Business Unit.

The FSP supports ongoing science delivery and technology development across the hydrogen value chain, exploring novel pathways for production, transport, and utilisation. We work across CSIRO and with university and other collaborators, and establish strong links with international initiatives.

When we talk about hydrogen we mean hydrogen itself, as well also hydrogen carriers, such as ammonia, methanol, LOHC etc.

Our purpose: create new science, capabilities, and technologies across the emerging hydrogen value chain, supporting new Australian industries and large-scale emissions reduction.

diagram showing how the Hydrogen Industry Mission, the Hydrogen FSP and the business unit cover the spectrum of Technology Readiness Levels

Our Team

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Dr Nikolai Kinaev

Leader, Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform

  • Nikolai leads the Hydrogen Energy FSP and is based in Brisbane. With a PhD in engineering, Nikolia has a diverse professional background across Europe, US and Australia, providing companies with a holistic view on existing & potential problems and challenges.
Dr Anna Kaksonen

Group Leader, Industrial Biotechnology

  • Anna is a Group Leader with CSIRO Land and Water, and brings much-needed expertise in biological systems, in particular how microorgansisms and biotechnological systems can be used in industrial scale applications.
Dr Jenny Hayward

Senior Research Scientist, Economic Modelling Team

  • Jenny is a senior economic modeller with Energy in our Newcastle labs, with considerable experience working across the energy sector understanding the economic aspects of new technology development and integration.
Prof Matthew Hill

Team Leader, Applied Porous Materials Team

  • Matthew is a Principal Research Scientist from CSIRO Manufacturing, with a diverse background in materials chemistry and industrial applications for novel gas or liquid separation systems built on metal organic frameworks.

Principal Research Scientist

  • Cameron is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Energy. Cameron works on environmental, geological and geotechnical problems in the earth resources industry, primarily in the unconventional gas, coal and geothermal sectors. His specialty is in integrating multi-disciplinary capabilities in geoscience and resource engineering and applying them to solving problems in industry.