Australians could soon have early access to the $11 billion hydrogen economy with a game-changing prototype in development from the Swinburne University of Technology and Joenbuk National University in Korea.

Supported by the Victorian Government’s International Education Short-Term Recovery Plan, the project has received a grant to develop a prototype of a solar powered generator which would turn seawater to hydrogen.

The ‘All-in-One’ solar-powered seawater-to-hydrogen generator aims to produce 10,000 litres of hydrogen from a 100-square-meter prototype per day – enough to drive a heavy truck for 100km at a cost of less than $3/kg.

Working together, the universities will combine their expertise to fast-track commercial opportunities and access world-leading industry partners.

Swinburne University is a Victorian hydrogen innovation hub, focusing on technology translatability.

Jeonbuk National University is a world-leader in renewable hydrogen generation and technology translation which has been commercialised by leading industry names including Hyundai.

The Victorian Government through Study Melbourne is investing in international research partnerships like this to strengthen international connections, attract global talent to Victoria and support global research excellence.

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