Star Scientific Limited and Central Coast Industry Connect Limited (Ccic) have agreed to establish a new industry-led hydrogen cluster in the New South Wales Hunter and Central Coast region, Australia.
Both partners have signed an MoU to pioneer Star Scientific Hero technology to provide a carbon-free heat source for food manufacturing. The venture will be known as the Central Coast Hydrogen Food Cluster.
The partners have already commenced work providing heat for industrial-scale cleaning purposes in the food hub. Star Scientific would work with food companies to offer carbon-free heat, and the Central Coast Industry Connect will run the cluster and provide the governance structure and platform for collaboration.
The cluster would be designed to be as inclusive as possible and engage and share knowledge with similar ventures emerging across Australia and New Zealand. The cluster also aims to be an ‘incubator’ of regulatory issues for the hydrogen supply chain, specifically, ‘green’ hydrogen made from renewable energy.
Andrew Horvath, Global Group Chairman of Star Scientific, said, “Food manufacturers all over the world are looking for solutions to remove carbon from industrial processes such as heating, drying and cleaning.”
Frank Sammut, Executive Director of the Central Coast Industry Connect, commented, “Taking steps to decarbonise is important for the manufacturing sector as a whole, including food and beverage manufacturing.”
Star Scientific is an Australian research and development company. Central Coast Industry Connect limited (Ccic) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting the Central Coast manufacturing sector to unlock opportunities through collaboration.