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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO3907

Feasibility Study on Australia-Germany Trade and Investment in Hydrogen produced from Renewables

Contact Details

Mr Richard Neumann


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Close Date & Time:
12-Oct-2020 11:30 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Aus-Ger HFS
Primary Category:
211003 - Energy Resources
Secondary Category:
211002 - Climate Change
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Overseas
Selection Process:
Ad hoc/One-Off


The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from an Australian industry and research consortium to undertake Australia’s input into a comprehensive feasibility study. The study would investigate the Australian-German supply chain involving the production, storage, transport and use of hydrogen (including hydrogen based energy carriers, such as ammonia) produced from renewables.  This work would be undertaken in collaboration with a German consortium that will be selected and funded separately by the German Government. The results of the study can be used to establish two-way trade and investment, along with value chains in associated markets.
The study would consider the applications of modules on the production, storage, transport, recovery and use of hydrogen and hydrogen based energy carriers produced from renewables as well as business models for the supply chain. Other considerations in the study would include:
a. Comparison of the current technology and research readiness levels along the whole supply chain;
b. Exchange of technologies, knowledge and experiences between the partners on both sides;
c. Assessment of Australian potential to produce hydrogen and hydrogen based energy carriers from renewables for export to Germany and associated markets;
d. Identification of economic, technological and regulatory requirements for the transport of and trade in hydrogen and hydrogen based energy carriers produced from renewables;
e. Determination of demand and end use for hydrogen and hydrogen based energy carriers produced from renewables in relevant industries in Germany and associated markets;
f. Identification of economic, scientific, technological, regulatory and logistical barriers of the feasibility of the supply chain; and the
g. Identification of business models for hydrogen and hydrogen based energy carriers produced from renewables.


To be eligible you must: 

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be one of the following entities:
    • an entity incorporated in Australia
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust 


In addition, we can only accept applications where you can: 

  • show evidence that your consortium contains representatives from industry and academia
  • demonstrate a track record in producing high-quality analysis for a government and business audience
  • demonstrate experience in successfully collaborating with international partners, and in particular with German partners
  • demonstrate experience in managing complex multi-disciplinary projects with diverse stakeholders.


Proposals which include co-financing from Australian academic, research or industry partners will be highly regarded. 

The EOI should include an indicative amount of funding sought from the Australian Government.  Funding is subject to Commonwealth Government budget processes. 

Grant Activity Timeframe:

The duration of Australia and Germany's funding would be for up to two years. 

Instructions for Application Submission:

Please email your response to this Grant Opportunity to:

Mr Richard Neumann 


Other Instructions:

Applications should be between 750 and 1000 words in length, with extra information included in attachments.
Applicants will be required to outline how they envisage working together with the German team to maximise the research capabilities and industry expertise on the various topics. There will need to be a clear distribution of tasks and easy avenues for cross-fertilisation of ideas and information for the benefit of both countries.
The focus of work of the different teams may be divided into nationally relevant topics. The duration of Australia and Germany’s funding would be for up to two years, and will be underpinned by a Joint Declaration of Intent between the two governments. The Australian consortium would be expected to complete a comprehensive report outlining their assessment of the chances for implementation into real world business applications.
Applications should also include the name, email and mobile phone contact details for the applicant and two referees.

Addenda Available:

Contact Details

Mr Richard Neumann