AUSTRALIA and Germany are to team up to advance the cause of a hydrogen supply chain with the support of academic and industry experts.

The Australian federal government has selected a consortium led by the University of New South Wales, Deloitte and Baringa Partners as the Australian team partners to deliver the German-Australian Supply Chain Feasibility Study of Hydrogen produced from Renewables.

The consortium is to begin work to identify barriers and the optimal approaches to establishing a hydrogen supply chain between Germany and Australia.

Trade minister Simon Birmingham said the feasibility study was a major step in establishing a hydrogen supply chain.

“Partnering with future importers of hydrogen, such as Germany, will be critical to growing demand for Australian hydrogen and accelerating industry development,” Senator Birmingham said.

“This study will help build on existing hydrogen collaborations Australia has with other key energy trading partners including Japan, the Republic of Korea and most recently Singapore, all of which will be critical to building a world-leading hydrogen industry right here in Australia.”

Federal energy minister Angus Taylor said the study would help pave Australia’s path to becoming a powerhouse in hydrogen production and exports.

“Investment in clean hydrogen through international cooperation is critical to growing an Australian hydrogen industry, delivering jobs, strengthening our economy, and reducing emissions,” Mr Taylor said.