Future Fuels CRC

September 22nd, 2020

Future Fuels CRC

Future Fuels CRC is implementing three research programs to enable Australia’s energy sector to adapt its infrastructure to net zero-emission fuels, including hydrogen.

Lead participants:

Participants in the CRC include significant industry associations, major company entities, State Government agencies and several Universities


Research and development


In progress

Estimated cost:


Research partners:


Main supply chain category:

Whole supply chain


Registered office is in New South Wales, Australia

Announced funding:

AUD$26.25 million – Australian Federal Government Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program (Round 19 Funding Round)

Research description

In April 2018, the Commonwealth Government announced a co-funding offer to the Future Fuels CRC of AUD$26.25 million over a seven-year period commencing 1 July 2018. The combined investment from the Commonwealth and CRC participants (cash and in-kind support) totals approximately AUD$90 million over the life of the CRC.

Future Fuels CRC has implemented three integrated research programs to support the deployment of future fuels across Australia’s energy infrastructure. Much of the research is addressing hydrogen-related matters.

Research Program 1:  Future Fuel Technologies, Systems and Markets

This program addresses the technical, economic and market challenges associated with the introduction of new low and zero-carbon fuels. Research activities are being undertaken by the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the University of Wollongong.

Research Program 2: Social Acceptance, Public Safety & Security of Supply

This program is undertaking research into social and policy and regulatory contexts, including public acceptance and safety, within which future fuels infrastructure operates. Research activities are being undertaken by the University of Queensland and RMIT University.

Research Program 3: Network Lifecycle Management

This program is undertaking novel materials, design, construction and operations-related research to enhance the operations of infrastructure carrying existing and future fuels. Research activities are being undertaken by Deakin University, the University of Wollongong and the University of Melbourne.

Since its establishment in 2018, the Future Fuels CRC has approved around 70 research projects across all three research programs.

Summary overviews of approved research projects can be found here.


Updated: February 2021.