NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub supports showcase of events

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Over the last few months, the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub has sponsored several events highlighting the exciting activity in emerging technology and innovation in the energy and resources sectors of the Hunter region.

Australian Institute for Energy- Hydrogen seminar and Tour of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

In July, the Hub supported an event run through the Australian Institute for Energy, which included a site tour of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), and a series of presentations on Hydrogen research development. Presentations on the day were around the theme of ‘Hydrogen- Development of a key energy source’, and included:

  • NewH2 – Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster
  • Competitive advantage of the Hunter
  • Key players in the hydrogen chain in the region
  • Government stimulus and policy, along with government and private investment requirements to be leading commercialization in the Hunter and nationwide
  • Technical aspects of hydrogen generation and storage

The event was attended by 85 AIE members, both in person and by joining the Hydrogen Seminar online.

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Hunter Innovation Festival

The Hunter Innovation Festival held in Newcastle in October, brought together approx. 300 participants to hear from a range of speakers about the challenges and opportunities facing the Hunter at a time of accelerating change in the energy and resources sector.

Internationally recognised think tank Beyond Zero Emissions was the Hunter Innovation Festival partner, with CEO Heidi Lee delivering an address around opportunities for the Hunter and Australia to prosper in a zero-emissions economy. The festival showcased manufacturers, innovators and developers working in key areas including:

  • Emerging technology
  • Medical technology
  • Talent acquisition and retention
  • Renewable energy transition
  • Sovereign manufacturing
  • Local supply chain
  • Circular economy
  • Investment and funding

In addition to the comprehensive program of speakers and panelists, the event also included a showcase of exhibitors from across the region including start-ups, scale ups, investors, innovators, incubators and accelerators. The showcase was an opportunity to foster collaboration and share knowledge and inspiration from both established operations and local innovators in the region and explore the emerging technologies tackling local and global issues.

Full program and details of the event can be found here.


Innovating for a circular economy in the Hunter

Experts and industry came together to exchange ideas and solutions for complex problems in recycling at the Innovation in the Circular Economy 2022 Conference at Newcastle City Hall in October.

Sponsored by the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub, and hosted by the NSW Smart Sensing Network, HunterNet Cooperative and the Hunter Circular Economic Zone, the two-day workshop brought together partners from government, industry and universities to discuss the science, technology, business and infrastructure requirements to transition to a sustainable circular economy for the Hunter Region.

Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, Alister Henskens SC MP delivered the welcome address, which highlighted the key themes of the event - that innovation and collaboration were critical to the success of circular economy to deliver outcomes which deliver a win-win result for both the environment and the economy. The event included speakers and panel discussions with government, researchers and industry representatives, acknowledging the importance of collaborative efforts to magnify outcomes in the circular economy of the region.

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