Day One - 24 March



You can attend Australian Hydrogen Forum in-person or virtual,  though in-depth learning workshop sessions are in-person only.

mechanisms to find profit in hydrogen projects
Registration, coffee and networking

Opening remarks from the Chair

Peta Ashworth
Director, Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership
University of Queensland

How government policy and incentives can speed up the transition to viable hydrogen

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: An update on hydrogen in NSW

The Hon Stuart Ayres
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Sport and Tourism, and Minister for Western Sydney
NSW Government

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Pursuing a viable hydrogen economy through policy and incentives in Queensland

The Hon Mick De Brenni
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
Queensland Government (video) 

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: The potential for renewable hydrogen in Victoria

The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes
Victorian Government (video) 

Policies and projects to support a thriving hydrogen industry in Australia
  • Getting beyond test projects and heavily subsidised studies
  • What price does hydrogen have to be produced at to make it a competitive fuel?
  • Developing a blueprint for viable market activation of a hydrogen industry
  • What sectors should Australia concentrate on?
  • Forecasting the impact of carbon price/tax on hydrogen’s competitiveness

Innes Willox
Chief Executive
Ai Group

Getting hydrogen right: Success factors for Australia’s hydrogen export industry

   Ensuring a timely and strategic approach to obtain advantage over global competitors

  • getting the price right
  • establishing a hydrogen-ready supply chain
  • navigating policy and regulation
  • engaging partners and off-takers    

Lachy Haynes
Partner - Integrated Infrastructure, Environmental Transactions and Advisory
PwC Australia

Developing the Australian hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030
  • Exploring Australia’s clean hydrogen potential
  • Examining future scenarios and their growth possibilities
  • Ensuring an adaptive approach that equips Australia to scale up quickly

Jo Evans
Deputy Secretary
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: An update on hydrogen in Tasmania

The Hon Guy Barnett
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
Tasmanian Government (video)

Morning tea
Achieving profitability against hydrogen’s high CAPEX and OPEX costs

Moving the hydrogen industry onto a commercial footing
  • Creating a supply chain and expanding infrastructure to make hydrogen a viable alternative to fossil fuels
  • Scaling up clean hydrogen to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors
  • Making the economics work and finding the business case to invest
  • Understanding the necessary government policy to support a full hydrogen economy

Kobad Bhavnagri
Global Head of Industry and Building Decarbonization

PANEL DISCUSSION: How do hydrogen projects gain investment/shareholder approval?
  • Achieving immediate demonstrable savings or profitability to get support from Directors and shareholders
  • How should the internal infrastructure required to set up hydrogen production, storage and onsite use be accounted for?
  • What is the best way to lay out a realistic timeline for return on investment?


Vivek Dhar
Director - Mining and Energy Commodities Research
Commonwealth Bank


Rhys Tucker
Techno-Commercial Advisor

Merrill Gray
Managing Director
Hexagon Energy

Stephen Gauld
Managing Director
Infinite Blue Energy


Networking lunch

Proving hydrogen’s technical and ultimately commercial viability in large scale hydrogen projects
  • Economics of moving from feasibility study to practical application
  • Successfully progressing a study into reality
  • Finding the buyers to create a commercial supply chain
  • Scaling up – land sites, transport infrastructure

Craig de Laine
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG))

How does the emerging hydrogen sector balance risk and reward?
  • Justifying the investment hydrogen projects require against potential earnings
  • Balancing waiting for green hydrogen to ramp up against new applications (and demand for) blue hydrogen right now
  • Measuring concepts and application viability by removing demand side market risk, and then adding carbon offsets or other mechanisms
  • Ensuring that hydrogen projects will eventually have buyers that will offtake at a price that makes sense

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

Afternoon tea
What new technologies and developments will bring costs down?

Opportunities for hydrogen technology development
  • Opportunities for hydrogen technology development
  • Increasing the efficiency of hydrogen production
  • Update on storage and carrier options
  • Emerging technologies to look out for

Patrick Hartley
Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission

Building consortiums and agreements that will progress profitability
  • Mitigating costs by sharing development infrastructure whilst maintaining the ability to make a profit in the long term
  • Ensuring agreements are practical and encourage co-operation
  • What does a ‘good’ offtake contract look like?

Felicity Underhill
Director, East Australia & NZ Aotearoa
Fortescue Future Industries

PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways of reducing costs in hydrogen production?
  • Does investing in blue technology and infrastructure make sense as a stepping stone to green hydrogen?
  • How can the costs of converting existing infrastructure to be hydrogen compatible be reduced?
  • What is the best way to assess new technologies to see if they will genuinely reduce costs?


Benjy Lee
Independent Energy Consultant
Benjy Lee Consulting


Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

Craig de Laine
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

Felicity Underhill
Director, East Australia & NZ Aotearoa
Fortescue Future Industries

Tim Hard
SVP – Energy Transition, Business Development

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of day one and networking drinks

Conference Dinner