PROFESSOR Masakazu Sugiyama has been announced as Queensland hydrogen envoy in Japan.

Speaking from the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, Queensland infrastructure minister Cameron Dick said Professor Sugiyama’s work made him an obvious choice.

“Professor Sugiyama has extensive knowledge and experience in hydrogen technologies and heads a research group within the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo,” Mr Dick said.

Professor Sugiyama has partnered with Queensland University of Technology on a pilot plant to test hydrogen technologies suitable for at-scale production, storage, use and export.

“Professor Sugiyama is leading the industry-university collaborative research unit for a global network of renewable hydrogen and will prove a valuable champion for Queensland hydrogen in global markets.”

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Professor Sugiyama said it was an honour to accept the envoy role.

“Queensland has a pioneering spirit that is greatly admired and respected. It will be wonderful to work together,” he said.

Mr Dick said the appointment showed the government’s commitment to becoming a “hydrogen exporter of choice for the world”.

“Professor Sugiyama has impressive research credentials when it comes to the commercial applications of hydrogen, and I look forward to working with him as we set the direction for growing a hydrogen industry in Queensland,” he said.

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