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Key technologies, context & opportunities in the renewable hydrogen economy

A comprehensive overview of the current status of Australia’s hydrogen economy – explore the key technologies, policies, opportunities and challenges for the country and industry from leading academic and professional presenters hosted by UTS.

About this course

It is imperative that the world moves to environmentally friendly and sustainable energy supplies in the near future. Australia has unrivalled solar and wind resources that could offer a secure supply of reliable and low emission energy. Storing energy via hydrogen could help to level out the energy from these intermittent sources and to deliver energy to the end users. When its chemical energy in hydrogen is converted into thermal and electrical energy, only water is produced as the byproduct, which will effectively eliminate CO2 emissions and particular matter otherwise generated when carbon-based fuel is burned.

Hydrogen is the preferred candidate for storing and exporting Australia’s renewable energy across the vast span of oceans, as outlined by CSIRO National Hydrogen Roadmap and Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

To help establish a hydrogen economy that will create new businesses and new employment, leading UTS academics have worked together with industry experts to develop a short course consisting of a suite of modules to equip course participants with the most up-to-date, complete and authoritative knowledge on the emerging hydrogen economy.

Course structure

This course will be held online and delivered over four half-day sessions – allowing the training to fit into your busy workweek, and for time to reflect on each session’s topics before the next meeting.

Online sessions will include presentations, discussions and Q&A – along with scheduled breaks between speakers.

Session 1 (3 hours)

Introduction and kick-off discussion (Zhenguo Huang, UTS)

Opportunities and challenges (Roc Shi, UTS)


Session 2 (3.5 hours)

Hydrogen production (Martin Hablutzel, Siemens)

Hydrogen storage & delivery (Zhenguo Huang, UTS)

Hydrogen conversion (Zhenguo Huang, UTS)


Session 3 (3 hours)

Safety (Billy Chan, BOC; Nic Surawski and Jun Li, UTS)

Skills required (Zhenguo Huang, UTS)


Session 4 (3.5 hours)

Socio-economic issues (Michelle Baddeley, UTS)

Value chain development (Kaveh Khalilpour, UTS)

Review and wrap-up (Zhenguo Huang, UTS)


Learning outcomes

Participants will build their knowledge base and be able to confidently share with a colleague or peer a summary of the key developments and considerations of the renewable hydrogen economy in the following areas:

  • Political and business environment
  • Technological developments, both domestic and international
  • Regulatory environment: fire, explosion control, transportation
  • Forecasting opportunities
  • Potential challenges and prospects
  • Consumer and market considerations 

Who is this course for?

This course is open to a wide range of professional attendees – you will particularly benefit if you are either:

Directly involved with hydrogen as an industry, for example through working in:

  • Energy providers
  • Start-ups in renewables
  • Construction
  • Oil and gas
  • Energy resalers
  • Researching in in academia or commercial R&D

Involved at a policy or planning level, for example with:

  • Federal or local government in energy, environment or urban planning
  • Energy investment
  • Banking or fund management
  • Consumer protection or welfare
  • Fire or emergency response


17 August




13 hrs

Meet the experts

Dr Zhenguo Huang

Dr Zhenguo Huang
Associate Professor

Zhenguo is the Chair of the International Hydrogen Carriers Alliance, lead of Hydrogen Energy Program at UTS, and a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) and Future Fellowships by the Australian Research Council and is a Research Advisor appointed by the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation).

His research is centered on boron chemistry for energy conversion and storage. Research interests are in the fields of hydrogen storage materials, electrolytes for Na-ion, Mg, and Mg/Li+ hybrid batteries, and two-dimensional boron-containing nanosheets. Breakthroughs in hydrogen storage and Na-ion batteries have been successfully commercialized in partnership with Boron Molecular, a specialist chemical manufacturer. This success was recognized by the UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Commercialisation, Impact and Engagement.

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Book a session

Mon 17 Aug 2020 -
Wed 26 Aug 2020
Expert: Dr Zhenguo Huang
  • Zoom virtual classroom.
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 13 hours total
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