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Image - Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Deakin Vice-Chancellor Proffesor Ian Martin.

Sod Turned On Project

Sod Turned On Project

Image - Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Deakin Vice-Chancellor Proffesor Ian Martin.

Sod turned on Hycel Hydrogen Training Testbed

A significant milestone took place at Deakin Universities Warrnambool Campus yesterday, with the first sod officially turned on their Hycel Hydrogen Training Testbed.

The Hycel project will bring ground breaking hydrogen research, testing and training to the South West, with it's establishment backed by $2 million dollars in federal government funding.

“The Hydrogen Training Testbed at the Hycel Technology Hub in Victoria will enable Deakin University to increase the industry application of hydrogen research,” Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said.

The facility will work alongside a Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre project investigating hydrogen compatibility in the reticulated gas network, one of the first steps to transition Deakin’s Warrnambool campus to 100 per cent hydrogen.

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“It involves research collaboration between government, higher education and industry partners, including the City of Warrnambool and South West TAFE" said Mr Tehan.

Deakin's Vice Chancellor, Proffesor Ian Martin, said the project had already come a long way from a chance discussion around 18 months ago.

"This is a milestone day for Deakin, The Warrnambool Campus and the wider community, so it's really exciting" he said.

"So it's about 18 months in the making, the first meeting we had was in May of 2019, we were just talking about what the future of the Warrnambool Campus needs to look like and how to make the Deakin University Campus thrive in Warrnambool"

"This is a really strong addition and I think it will be one of those things that comes together and is going to work, not just because of Deakin, not just because of South West TAFE but the partnership with the city and business is going to make it significant".

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