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Further funding for 'world-leading hydrogen research facility'

Warrnambool will continue to play a critical role in Australia’s growing hydrogen industry, with further funding announced for Deakin University’s Hycel Hydrogen Technology Hub.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the $7 million dollars in funding would go towards the construction and fit-out of the Hycel fuel wing.

“Through this investment in Deakin University and Warrnambool, we can better develop the technology needed to power Australia into the future.”

"It will enable us to proof up the technology which will see our trucks and buses running on hydrogen, and also train the workforce that we will need so that we can use hydrogen into the future".

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Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the funding would allow the university to continue testing, developing and prototyping hydrogen fuel technology in the region.

“This world-leading hydrogen research facility is positioning south-west Victoria as a national leader in hydrogen energy research and commercialisation,” Minister Tudge said.

“This project is a prime example of how industry-university collaboration can create job-ready graduates and turn research discoveries into something that benefits Australians”

The funding is part of the Government’s $40 million Strategic University Reform Fund (SURF), which encourages innovation and greater connection between research and local industry.

The announcement follows a $9 million dollar contrubition from the State Government last week, taking the joint government funding to around $18 million.

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