Catalyst: Strategic – New Zealand-Germany Green Hydrogen Research Programme

MBIE and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research have announced 3 collaborative projects under the New Zealand–Germany Green Hydrogen Research Programme.

About this programme

The research relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Germany is strong and broad and is underpinned by the 1977 New Zealand – Germany Science and Technology Agreement which is administered by MBIE and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). 

In 2020, BMBF and MBIE agreed to jointly fund a research programme on Green Hydrogen.  MBIE committed to fund 3 projects at a cost of up to $6 million, with matching funding being made available by BMBF to the German research partners. 

This research will contribute to both governments’ vision for a sustainable energy future. Green hydrogen is expected to play a significant role as Germany and New Zealand move towards a carbon zero future.

Over 2021 and into 2022, MBIE and BMBF each ran calls for proposals under the programme. 9 strong applications were received and assessed, in the New Zealand case, by a panel of international green hydrogen experts.

Funded projects

Lead organisation Project title Funding (NZ$ GST excluded)
University of Canterbury Development of highly active anodes for anion exchange membrane electrolysers to enable low-cost green hydrogen $2 million
University of Otago Safe, low-cost, hydrogen storage materials from NZ resources $2 million
University of Canterbury New Zealand-German Platform for Green Hydrogen Integration (HINT)  $2 million

Public statements of MBIE-funded projects

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Last updated: 16 August 2022