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The Role of Hydrogen in the Clean Energy Transition

Understand how hydrogen can help reduce carbon emissions to become a key player in the clean energy transition.

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The Role of Hydrogen in the Clean Energy Transition

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Delve into the hydrogen industry with Deakin University

Depending on its production, hydrogen has the potential to be a clean energy source. As countries work toward net-zero, hydrogen could be a promising solution to reducing carbon emissions.

This three-week course from Deakin University will help you gain insight and awareness into the Australian hydrogen industry. Hearing from experts in the field, you’ll discover the types of jobs and skills needed across the supply chain in this emerging area.

With this knowledge, you’ll explore how the industry looks set to develop in the future and how it can contribute to the clean energy transition.

Develop your understanding of hydrogen and renewable energy systems

You’ll learn the definition of clean energy as you unpack the technical reasons why hydrogen is an option in this transition.

Following a brief history of hydrogen uses, you’ll learn why there is a renewed interest in hydrogen and what is unique about Australia in terms of the Global Hydrogen economy.

Unpack hydrogen fuel and its supply chain

Next, you’ll delve into the hydrogen supply chain, including production, storage, and end uses.

This knowledge will help you explore the hydrogen strategy in the context of Australia and how the industry is evolving.

Identify opportunities and challenges for hydrogen and clean energy

Finally, you’ll unpack both the opportunities and challenges of hydrogen in Australia and the clean energy transition on a global scale.

Guided by industry and academic experts from a range of disciplines, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge to communicate the potential of hydrogen for clean energy.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds ROB MCHENRY: Hello and welcome to this free online course introducing you to the role of hydrogen within the clean energy transition. My name’s Rob McHenry. I’m a lecturer here at the School of Engineering within Deakin University. And together with my good friend Aidan Beer and a great team of learning specialists, we’re really excited to bring you this course. We’ve gone out and sourced all the information we can and talked to the experts to help answer the questions we had making this transition.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds KEVIN PEAKMAN: My name’s Kevin Peakman. I’m a chemical engineer. I’ve been in the hydrogen industry for 40 years. I’ve commissioned hydrogen plants, built hydrogen plants. I’ve worked with different types of hydrogen technologies, including fuel cell development. More recently, I’ve been involved with designing and procuring hydrogen refuelling facilities. And much more recently involved in large scale projects to take renewable energy through electrolysis into products that we can export from Australia.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds ROB NYHUIS: My name’s Rob Nyhuis from Swagelok Australia and New Zealand.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds NEIL WANG: My name is Neil Wang. I’m the CEO of Foton Mobility Distribution.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 seconds ROSS THOMPSON: My name’s Ross Thompson. I’m the General Manager of Aftersales and Training for Foton Mobility Distribution, who is the Australian importer of zero emission vehicles.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds FIONA SIMON: Hi, I’m Fiona Simon. I’m the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council. And we are the peak body for the emerging clean and green hydrogen industry in Australia.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds ROB MCHENRY: So we’ll take you on a learning journey that includes exploring what is this clean energy transition? What is the role of hydrogen within that transition? What’s so special about hydrogen? How is hydrogen produced, stored, distributed, and used in so many cool ways? And what challenges and opportunities exist as a result of this emerging hydrogen economy, not just for our society, but for you as an individual? In the vein promoting sustainability, we acknowledge we don’t have the bright future we wish for without first recognising our past. So the team here at Deakin wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the unceded lands on which we work to produce this learning resource for you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 seconds That includes the Wathaurung and Wurundjeri countries within the Kulin Nations. We also wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands in which you are engaging in this learning resource from, whether it be within Australia or overseas. So thank you very much for joining us to engage in this learning resource, and we really hope you enjoy your learning journey with us.


  • Week 1

    Why hydrogen?

    • Let’s get started

      Meet your teaching team, other learners and discover key information about this course, including useful tips to help you get the most out of your learning.

    • Clean energy transition

      Let's explore the role of hydrogen in the clean energy transition in Australia.

    • What’s so good about Hydrogen?

      Hydrogen has the potential to make a big impact on the clean energy transition.

    • Why now in Australia?

      The time for Australia to lead in the hydrogen clean energy transition is now.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on the key ideas covered in Week 1, consolidate your knowledge, and find out what’s coming up in Week 2.

  • Week 2

    Hydrogen supply chain

    • How is hydrogen produced, stored and distributed?

      Explore the hydrogen supply chain process including its production, storage and distribution.

    • End uses of hydrogen

      How hydrogen is used in industry.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on the key ideas covered in Week 2, consolidate your knowledge, and find out what’s coming up in Week 3.

  • Week 3

    Hydrogen: challenges and opportunities

    • Challenges

      Let's explore the challenges ahead when using hydrogen in the clean energy transition.

    • Opportunities

      There are many opportunities ahead for hydrogen in the clean energy transition.

    • Weekly wrap

      Wrap up of Week 3 and the course.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • explain why hydrogen is part of the clean energy transition discussion
  • interpret the hydrogen supply chain and end uses
  • investigate key challenges and opportunities for Hydrogen in Australia

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in hydrogen and the clean energy transition.

It will be useful for those interested in learning about potential emerging jobs with this sector as well as the benefits to society.

Who will you learn with?

Rob is an Engineering Lecturer with over ten years experience in the automotive industry. His focus is on design and renewal of industry relevant engineering education curriculum.

Dr Aiden Beer
Lecturer, School of Engineering at Deakin University.
A materials scientist focused on the areas of engineering professional practice and work integrated learning.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

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    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021


Hycel is a regional hub of hydrogen expertise in south west Victoria, Australia, focused on hydrogen mobility applications, education and social licence.

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