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Central Coast food makers to adopt Australia’s first hydrogen technology

Members of the Central Coast Hydrogen Food Cluster will be the first commercial users of an award-winning hydrogen-to-heat technology developed in Australia.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Star Scientific and Central Coast Industry Connect on the new cluster. Star Scientific is market a process he calls HERO (Hydrogen Energy Release Optimizer), which provides a way to generate heat and power using a non-polluting catalyst and hydrogen as fuel.

Star will work with food manufacturers within CCIC’s network, and they will lead the new cluster.

Andrew Horvath (pictured left), Global Group Chairman of Star, headquartered in Berkeley Vale, said he was thrilled that HERO’s first commercial application was in the company’s home region.

“Food manufacturers around the world are looking for solutions to remove carbon from industrial processes such as heating, drying and cleaning [and the] The Central Coast region is home to some of Australia’s leading household brands and global food manufacturers,” said Horvath.

“We have already started working under this MoU by providing heat for industrial scale cleaning purposes in the Food Centre.”

HERO won at S&P Global’s Platts Global Energy Awards (Emerging Technology of the Year category) late last year and announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines Department of Energy in January.

Frank Sammut (right), executive director of Central Coast Industry Connect, said food makers had taken steps to decarbonise but it had been difficult to replace gas for heating and cooking in many case.

“The memorandum of understanding with Star Scientific offers the opportunity to develop [an] carbon-free alternative heat source,” he said.

Horvath added that he hoped the new cluster could be “an ‘incubator’ for regulatory issues for the hydrogen supply chain, particularly regarding green hydrogen, and that regulators were currently “working on their own.” tackle the use of green hydrogen and we hope that the cluster will enable us to identify these problems early in the process and to address them. »

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