ARENA boost for low emission iron and steel research

The Australian government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded just over $59 million in funding for 21 research projects across various institutions and universities. 

Funding has been provided to support research and development (R&D) and commercialisation activities covering renewable hydrogen and low emissions iron and steel. 

“We’re backing Australian technological innovation that helps build our clean industries and underpins our ambitions of becoming a renewable energy superpower,” ARENA CEO Darren Miller says. 

“ARENA has a strong track record in funding and supporting early stage innovation. Through our strategic priorities, we have highlighted the importance of renewable hydrogen and low emissions metals growing to become a significant export industry.

“Innovation starts in the lab, and we have the best minds taking our decarbonisation efforts to the next level – to the benefit of all Australians through jobs, lower emissions and cheaper energy.”

According to ARENA, funds will be provided over two stages, an initial core research stage followed by a research commercialisation stage aimed at scaling up and demonstrating application of research breakthroughs in the market. 

Each applicant under the funding package can expect to receive between $1.3 million and $5 million. 

Recipients of the funding include the CSIRO, Curtin University, Future Energy Exports, the Melbourne and New South Wales universities, and the Australian National University.   

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of iron ore, supplying up to 53% of international exports each year. The iron and steel R&D round aims to support a step change in eliminating emissions in the production of iron and steel. 

Meanwhile, the hydrogen R&D round aims to accelerate the commercialisation of renewable hydrogen through innovation in production, storage, and distribution technologies.    

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