Energy: Australia's national hydrogen strategy

Energy: Australia's national hydrogen strategy

Aug 23
Hear from Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel on the latest work to develop and implement a national strategy for hydrogen energy in Australia.


Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist of Australia
Felicity Underhill, General Manager, Hydrogen, Origin Energy
Ben Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Event overview

The COAG Energy Council has established a dedicated Working Group, chaired by Dr Finkel, to develop a national hydrogen strategy for 2020-2030 and a co-ordinated approach to projects and programs to support industry development. How can Australia realise the vision to be a major player in the global hydrogen energy industry by 2030? What role will the sector play in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and prosperous future?

With the national strategy to be finalised and presented to State Energy Ministers in December 2019, this is your opportunity to help shape work on the development of one of Australia’s exciting growth opportunities.

Event presentations

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Dr Alan Finkel AO
Chief Scientist of Australia

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist in January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).  

Meet the panel

Felicity Underhill
General Manager, Hydrogen, Origin Energy

As General Manager, Hydrogen, Felicity Underhill is currently investigating how hydrogen might best fit within Origin’s, and Australia’s, future energy mix. Felicity has a history of successfully designing and then implementing strategies including operating models, digital, innovation and new business ventures. Felicity has spent the last two decades in the upstream energy industry, in Australia with Origin, and previously globally with Shell, during which time she worked in over 25 countries. As a New Zealander, she is carefully planning her schedule over the coming months so as not to miss a single World Cup game.

Ben Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, which comprises Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Dampier Development Group, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks. Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with two million distribution customers, 3500 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks. AGIG recently developed the Tubridgi gas storage project in northern WA and is partnering with the SA government on Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen project, Hydrogen Park SA. Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of AGIG in 2017.

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