Technology Development and Commercialisation

  • Session Topic
    Energy Storage/Battery Storage
    Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

Technology Development and Commercialisation

3 Oct 2018, 1:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Grand Plenary Hall
English (Australia)

Chair: Stephanie Moroz, Principal, Davanz


Developing an export market for renewable energy with Hydrogen

Murray Lyster, Head of Hydrogen Solutions, Siemens Ltd

With the world seeking more and more renewable energy solutions – how can a country such as Australia continue to prosper?

We’ve been a global energy exporting superpower for many years – largely on the back end of coal, and more recently LNG. With many of our existing trading partners having limited possibility for their own renewable energy generation how can we satisfy their growing demands for renewable energy.

Hydrogen and its derivatives provide a compelling case – especially with countries such as Japan and Sth Korea already on board with the idea of hydrogen as an energy carrier.


H2U’s Port Lincoln Green H2/NH3 Supply Chain Demonstrator, Australia’s First Green-hydrogen Electrolysis Plant

Dr Attilio Pigneri,  CEO H2U, the Hydrogen Utility™ and President, Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy (AAHE)

The Hydrogen utility™ (H2U) is a specialist developer of hydrogen-energy infrastructure initiatives for sustainable mobility and renewable energy storage.

H2U is developing a utility-scale renewable energy storage plant integrating a large-scale electrolysis and a small-scale ammonia production facility in the Eyre Peninsula near Port Lincoln.

The project will demonstrate new market opportunities for large-scale renewables beyond the electricity market. The proposed 30 MW electrolysis plant will connect to existing wind farms and new-build solar farms in the Eyre Peninsula as part of an innovative virtual power plant scheme, 

The project, supported under the Renewable Technology Fund of the South Australian Government, is planned for commissioning in early 2020.


A Case Study – an integrated hydrogen energy storage system in the Orkney Islands

Dr Neil Thompson, Managing Director, ITM Power Pty Ltd and Adjunct Associate Professor, QUT Institute for Future Environments

In order for Australia to reach a reliable and cost-effective 100% renewable energy system, some solar, tidal, pumped hydro and wind energy will need to be stored so that it is available for later use when electricity demand exceeds renewable electricity generation capacity. Despite the efforts local industry, governments and academia have applied to large-scale energy storage development in recent years, it still remains a major challenge in the country’s journey towards a majority renewables based energy system. Whilst pumped hydropower currently accounts for more than 90% of large-scale energy storage capacity worldwide, recent experience in Europe has demonstrated the potential for hydrogen energy storage systems to play a major role in Australia’s renewable energy transition strategy. This presentation provides an overview of ITM Power’s recent experience in the European Union’s BIG HIT project in the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland which demonstrates a fully integrated model of large-scale hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilisation in tandem with intermittent renewable energy inputs for provision of low carbon heating/cooling, electrical power and transport.


  • Stephanie Moroz




    Stephanie Moroz has spent 22 years developing and commercialising clean energy technologies within companies ranging from large multinationals to...

  • Murray Lyster


    Head of Hydrogen Solutions

    Siemens Ltd

    I’m very fortunate to be involved with two fantastic and exciting portfolio’s at Siemens, being Mining Solutions, and Hydrogen Solutions. I’ve...

  • Dr Attilio Pigneri



    H2U, the Hydrogen Utility™

    Attilio is a co-founder and CEO of H2U, a specialist developer of hydrogen infrastructure initiatives for sustainable mobility and renewable energy...

  • Dr Neil Thompson


    Managing Director

    ITM Power Pty Ltd

    Dr Neil Thompson has undertaken award-winning research at QUT Australia and KIT Germany as Adjunct Associate Professor in the field of integrated,...

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Wed 3 Oct Networking Event 5.00pm - 6.30pm
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