CSIRO partners with Canada for climate change initiative

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the University of British Colombia (UBC) have announced a Memorandum of Understanding in response to Mission Innovation’s Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Innovation Challenge.

Mission Innovation is made up of more than 23 countries and the European Commission working to accelerate clean energy innovation through research, development, and demonstration.

Launched in May 2018, Mission Innovation’s eighth Innovation Challenge aims to “accelerate the development of a global hydrogen market by identifying and overcoming key technology barriers to the production, distribution, storage, and use of hydrogen at gigawatt scale”.

CSIRO’s collaboration with UBC will enhance research and industry partnerships with Canada and Australia on clean energy, providing economic growth for both countries.

Hydrogen technologies have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the resilience of the global energy system, which could be a major clean energy commodity for Australia.

“CSIRO is conducting hydrogen research along the entire value chain, and we look forward to collaborating with UBC to help facilitate demonstrations that will clear the path or market for new technologies,” said Tim Finnigan, CSIRO energy director.

“By working together, we can pool resources and expertise for mutually beneficial outcomes.”

Dr Dean James Olson, UBC Faculty of Applied Science, says UBC is thrilled to joining CSIRO in advancing the objectives of Mission Innovation’s Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Innovation Challenge.

“UBC has long been a leader in hydrogen fuel cell-related research and development in Canada, and we are eager to draw on our vast expertise in hydrogen production, storage, distribution, to help pave the way to a cleaner future,” Olson said.