Tuesday 15 November – day one

Registration, coffee and networking
Opening remarks from the Chair

Professor Michael Goodsite
Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER)
University of Adelaide

Building policies to support and encourage large-scale hydrogen adoption
Hydrogen update from Tasmania

The Hon Guy Barnett
Minister for Energy and Renewables
Tasmanian Government

Hydrogen update from Queensland

The Hon Kim Richards
Member for Redlands & Hydrogen Champion (representing the Hon Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen & Minister for Public Works and Procurement)
Queensland Government

Western Australian renewable hydrogen update

The Hon Alannah MacTiernan
Minister for Hydrogen Industry
Western Australian Government

How Queensland and NSW are supporting hydrogen developments with viable pathways to enable large-scale projects to operate within the decade

Hear the heads of hydrogen from the Department of Energy and Public Works (Queensland) and NSW Department of Planning and Environment discuss how their policies are giving the certainty needed to progress hydrogen from a fledgling sector to major industry through incentives for reducing costs, establishing distribution networks and corresponding infrastructure for local and export markets. Two short presentations, followed by a moderated Q&A.

Vincent Dwyer
Energy Estate

Chris Shaw
Deputy Director-General of Hydrogen Division
Department of Energy and Public Works (Queensland)

Tim Stock
Director of Hydrogen & Clean Energy
NSW Department of Planning and Environment

International comparison - what works to grow hydrogen? Subsidies, tax incentives and government Initiatives
  • Comparing international funding support and strategies outlined by different governments
  • Evaluating the value of existing subsidies and tax regimes
  • What incentivises hydrogen offtake?
  • Analysing the impact of carbon taxes on hydrogen developments

Amy Philbrook
Future Fuels and Renewables

Morning tea

Creating the right regulatory framework for widespread hydrogen adoption and use
  • Focusing on getting the policy settings right in Australia
  • What does it take to get off the drawing board and past FID (final decision in investment)?
  • Ensuring regulation is driven by/appropriate to the current realities of the Australian energy market

Vikram Singh
Head of Hydrogen Development
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

Defining the features of successful projects -technology and commercial feasibility
Working on the technologies which will support Australia’s hydrogen value chain
  • Defining the breakthrough technologies required to make the Australian hydrogen industry more efficient and less expensive
  • Prioritising the technology that will close the gaps and allow a hydrogen market to develop
  • Highlighting Australian technology in the growing global industry

Miranda Taylor
Chief Executive Officer
National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

Accelerating hydrogen projects by ensuring commercial robustness
  • Building a realistic business plan that does not depend on a hypothetical hydrogen energy chain or market
  • Mapping out pathways for taking a project to commercial operation
  • Defining the customers for large-scale production and value adding of hydrogen and related chemicals

David Heard
Executive Director, Australia

Networking lunch

Hydrogen update from Victoria

The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
Minister for Energy
Victorian Government (pre-recorded message)

Hydrogen update from NSW

The Hon Matt Kean
Treasurer; Minister for Energy
NSW Government (pre-recorded message)

PANEL DISCUSSION: What should stakeholders look for when assessing the potential for profit in hydrogen developments?
  • How can we overcome the need for a large-scale ‘hydrogen economy’ to create market-specific projects?
  • What actual costs and performance do hydrogen projects need to achieve to be commercially viable?
  • What are the most productive ways of working within the existing value chain to put hydrogen on a commercial footing as soon as possible?
  • When can profit be realistically expected?


Miranda Taylor
Chief Executive Officer
National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)


Surena Ho
Senior Commercial Manager - Corporate Development
Osaka Gas Australia

Saul Kavonic
Head of Integrated Energy, Resources and Carbon Research
Credit Suisse

Chang Wang
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Monash University

David Heard
Executive Director, Australia

Making hydrogen a ‘safe bet’ so investors can confidently back hydrogen projects
Applying energy risk assessments to hydrogen-specific projects to assess their ‘bankability’
  • Assessing the development path for hydrogen projects in Australia
  • Exploring financial, strategic and operational risk mitigation to increase bankability and maximise financing options
  • Planning for market changes and technological advances: electricity cost optimisation, electrolyser CAPEX, scalability, cost roadmaps and technologies to increase yield
  • Considering capital structure options for hydrogen investments
  • Carbon pricing as a de-risker for hydrogen projects

Clark Butler
Zero Industrials

The role of natural gas networks in enabling Australia’s energy transition
  • Enabling decarbonisation through domestic hydrogen development
  • Blending 10-20% hydrogen into existing network infrastructure
  • Displacing natural gas with hydrogen during times of abundant renewable electricity availability
  • Analysing the role of a Renewable Gas Target (RGT) and certification on project development and commercialisation
  • Scrutinising cost resilience, security of supply, and social licence

Peter Harcus
General Manager Assets and Operations, Gas Distribution

PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we find certainty and build confidence for investors in hydrogen projects?
  • What are the defining parameters for projects offering realistic ROIs?
  • How can sizable syndication of finance be achieved?
  • How critical are offtake agreements and can projects move forward without guaranteed buyers/users?
  • What are the key success factors for reaching Final Investment Decision (FID)?
  • Without offtake agreements, how can we make a dynamic yet reliable enough market to ensure active trading (a hydrogen trading platform?)


Mark McCallum
Chief Executive Officer
Low Emissions Technology Australia (LETA)


Clark Butler
Zero Industrials

Ignacio Hernandez
CEO Asia Pacific & Global CFO
HIF Global

Alex McIntosh
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Iain MacGill
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
University of NSW (UNSW)

Afternoon tea

Getting large-scale projects off the ground and finding the customers that will make them financially feasible
Building the business case for funding domestic commercial-scale hydrogen production and distribution
  • Getting funding commitments from government
  • Tapping into the private investor market with a compelling business plan
  • Capitalising on the commercial potential of by-products of the electrolysing process

Gina Bozinovski
Managing Director
LINE Hydrogen

PANEL DISCUSSION: What considerations need to be taken into account to make hydrogen attractive to investors and buyers?
  • How do you ensure the hydrogen you create is what buyers looking for?
  • What is the impact of location?
  • How quickly can hydrogen become the fuel-of-first-choice for users in specific sectors?
  • How critical are guaranteed buyers? Is it advisable to start without a concrete offtake agreement?


Mendo Kundevski
Director, Energy Transition
S&P Global Australia


Gina Bozinovski
Managing Director
LINE Hydrogen

Vicky Au
Deputy Lead, Hydrogen Industry Mission

Steve Hoy
Chief Executive Officer
Enosi Australia

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of day one, networking drinks
Conference Dinner