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CQ Renewable Energy Technology cluster

CQRETC is an organisation of Central Queensland based leaders with a mission to create the environment for the region to be a benchmark for renewable hydrogen.


The objective of the CQ Renewable Energy Technology Cluster (CQRE Technology Cluster) is to assist in the development of regional capacity, capability, innovation, training and skills to meet and sustain the challenge of establishing a robust renewable energy industry in Central Queensland (CQ).

Serving as a conduit for technological insights within the local supply chain, the CQRE Technology Cluster endeavours to ensure that CQ is well places to respond to advances in technology as well as nurturing innovation.

CQRE Technology Cluster actively supports projects ranging from demonstration projects to largescale initiatives, collaborating closely to advance technology share industry knowledge and scale renewable energy supply chains through both domestic and international partnerships.

The CQ region continues its leadership in renewable energy production and export. It is also a key player in the decarbonisation of the energy and manufacturing sectors with Hydrogen, Bio-Fuels and other renewable energy sources.


  • Monitor progress and development of the Queensland Renewable Ecosystem to seek opportunities for synergies and partnerships.
  • Act as a “concierge” for renewable proponents and technology providers by linking industry, technology and supply chain partners. 
  • Empower our local businesses and workforce to enable the new industry and leverage green manufacturing opportunities.
  • Support delivery of the Queensland Renewable Energy Target and prepare the CQ to secure its position in the global export market.
  • Assist with identifying funding opportunities and advocacy on common critical infrastructure, legislation and policy challenges and opportunities for the regional renewable energy ecosystem.


Central Queensland has begun a journey to map the local Hydrogen Ecosystem in preparation for the global Energy Transition. CQ will be at the forefront of the decarbonisation of large-scale energy and manufacturing industry. CQ is a producer, transporter, utiliser, and exporter of energy to the world, with strong and long-standing trading partners. The region intends to remain leaders in energy production through renewable sources including hydrogen, biofuels, and renewables.

The Fitzroy (AEMO) and CQ Renewable energy Zones (REZ) and large-scale hydrogen will be a large curtailable Renewable Energy

consumer and industry enabler. The CQ Region has been identified as a potential site for a Regional Hydrogen Hub by the State and National Hydrogen Strategy’s.

The CQ Region has previously shown its adaptability to embrace new industry and its supply chains, more recently through the CSG/LNG industry development. The Hydrogen Industry would be embraced by local industry and the community and has demonstrated capability to absorb large scale new industry (e.g. LNG).

Scope and Outcome

Central Queensland is aligned on a vision of becoming a major Hydrogen Hub for Technology and Export.

CQH2 will drive regional understanding of technological development in the hydrogen industry through acquiring industry expertise, promotion and collaboration, encouraging innovation in regional supply chains and a strong investment environment.

A key outcome will be that CQ has in place the structure to facilitate skills development and training facilities to develop regional capacity, capability and innovation to meet and sustain the challenge of developing a new hydrogen industry in the region.

The region should be a center for research and development activities including leading pilot and demonstration opportunities through our education institutions.

Our community should also understand the industry and trust that it is a safe and reliable fuel for the future. Future CQ workforce will have a greater awareness of hydrogen technology and their applications to the regional industry.

The group will not take on direct accountability or project management of individual projects within the Hydrogen Ecosystem, rather support and celebrate (member or private) initiatives.

Cluster Composition

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