Newcastle Node of the ARC Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy

May 23rd, 2022

R&D Focus Areas – Newcastle node only:
Pipeline materials and performance, Pipeline design and integrity management, Safety and standards

Lead Organisation – Newcastle node only:
University of Newcastle

University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Curtin University, Monash University, University of Sydney


Start date:
November 2020

Completion date:
October 2025

Key contacts:
Hunter Node Leader: Laureate Professor Behdad Moghtaderi (University of Newcastle)

Associate Professor Elham Doroodchi (University of Newcastle)

Centre Leader: Scientia Professor Rose Amal (University of New South Wales):

Australian Research Council (ARC) and industry (the industry partner for the Newcastle node is Southern Green Gas Pty Ltd (SGG)

Project total cost – Newcastle node only:
AUD$819,525 (cash contribution) comprising AUD$569,525 through the ARC and AUD$$250,000 through SGG

Project summary description:
The ARC Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobH2E) is an international consortium of research institution, industry partners, government agencies and hydrogen start-ups to build capacity and capability to develop new, cost-effective hydrogen technologies and new research-based engineering and business skills to facilitate and support the transformation of Australia’s industry into a hydrogen powerhouse.

The aims of the Training Centre as a whole are described in the Training Centre HyResearch project description.

The Newcastle node of the Centre focuses on hydrogen safety which is considered one of the key technical challenges that underpins the commercial rollout of hydrogen-based energy systems. Breakthrough safety solutions are needed to facilitate the global uptake and deployment of hydrogen systems. Among the current knowledge gaps in the field of hydrogen safety, the Newcastle Node dedicates several projects to important topics such as “Accident Physics”, “Hydrogen Interaction with Condensed Matter”, and “Secondary Safety Issues”.

Related publications and key links:
Not applicable

Higher degree studies supported:
Two postdoctoral research fellows and two PhD students will be supported by this project (Newcastle node only).


Reviewed: November 2023