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Professor named first Queensland hydrogen envoy in Japan

Professor Masakazu Sugiyama has been appointed Queensland’s Hydrogen Envoy in Japan during the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Tokyo.

Speaking from the convention, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Professor Sugiyama’s work on Queensland hydrogen projects made him an obvious choice for the role.

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

Sugiyama, who is leading the industry-university collaborative research unit for a global network of renewable hydrogen, recently partnered with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on a pilot plant where hydrogen technologies were tested for at-scale production, storage, use and export.

It is anticipated that Sugiyama will prove a valuable champion for Queensland hydrogen in global markets.

He said it was an honour to accept the role of envoy.

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

“Already, the collaborative research being undertaken by RCAST and QUT closely aligns with the objectives of the Queensland Government’s Hydrogen Industry Strategy,” said Sugiyama.

According to Dick, the appointment of Sugiyama as Queensland’s Hydrogen Envoy in Japan will strengthen Queensland’s relations with overseas companies.

“This further demonstrates the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to becoming a hydrogen exporter of choice for the world,” he said.

“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."

Queensland which aims to be the hydrogen exporter of choice in the Asia Pacific region has launched the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy in Japan where a group of delegates have met with the key players in Japan's hydrogen industry and another 600 other international guests from 45 countries.

“Hydrogen means jobs. Our government’s attendance at the world’s largest hydrogen technologies convention sends a signal to the international community that we welcome hydrogen investment," said Dick.

“Our world-leading renewable energy resources, existing gas pipeline infrastructure, first-class export facilities and highly-skilled workforce put us in a strong position to grow our industry in domestic and international markets.”

The World Hydrogen Technologies Convention brings together scientists, researchers, industry and government from around the globe to exchange insights and ideas on renewable hydrogen energy technology.

It runs 2 June through 7 June in Tokyo.

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