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In this episode, the team discuss the current hot topics of the Australian Hydrogen Industry,  the energy crisis and the incoming new government.

  • Paul gives an overview of the recent major Hydrogen Industry conference on Adelaide, and the need to manage rapid upscaling of the industry against the pressing deadlines of Net Zero and other drivers. And he introduces a new acronym.
  • The team discuss the opportunities in exporting hydrogen skills and knowledge, and the challenge and opportunities of exporting actual hydrogen.
  • Tennant explains some of the drivers of the current energy crisis, the team discuss the opportunities for short-term and medium-term fixes, especially for business, and they discuss what it means for the transition.
  • Tennant outlines some of the challenges, opportunities and levers available to the new federal government, from the team considers the issue from a macro, micro and global perspective
  • Paul reminds us all a reset of the nation, the world and the local economy presents great opportunity, even if it seems like there are only challenges ‘Never waste a crisis’.

The conversation in this episode is another interesting blend of caution, optimism and deep insights. Worth a listen.


James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Minerals, Energy & Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group.

A skilled communicator and analyst, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the mining industry and supply chain across the board for over 25 years.

    Tennant Reed

    Tennant is Principal National Adviser – Public Policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

    Paul Hodgson

    Paul Hodgson is an advisor in innovation, the energy transition and economic growth with diverse experience and insights gained over a 30 year career. Amongst his current roles, he is Interim CEO of the Scaling Green Hydrogen Cooperative Research Centre Bid, a member of the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology and Services Working Group, and a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Manufacturing Institute Ltd.

    With a Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Sustainable Development, he is passionate about developing and connecting local talent and enterprise capability into global ESG and net zero market opportunities. From 2019-2021, he led the development of a national hydrogen technology cluster network, which now has 18 regional clusters across Australia.