The council will be tasked with providing input into Hysata’s strategy for delivering its electrolyser globally into multiple customer segments including steelmaking, heavy transport, and the chemical industry.
Finkel is Australia’s former Chief Scientist, a role in which he spearheaded the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy and the independent review into the future of the National Electricity Market.
He also served as Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology where he was instrumental in establishing seven key international partnerships to accelerate the development and deployment of low emissions technologies.
Other positions include Chair of the Technology Investment Advisory Council which provided advice to government on low emissions technology investment priorities.
He said green hydrogen fills the gaps where electricity falls short.
“It could be in transport to power trains and trucks and long-distance aeroplanes, or it could be as a chemical to replace metallurgical coal in steelmaking and fertiliser production,” he said.
“The challenge is to minimise the waste when using precious renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen.”
Hysata recently secured support from renowned global investors in its oversubscribed Series A funding round of AUD$42.5m.
Finkel said its mission is to lead the world in green hydrogen production through our high system efficiency electrolyser technology (41.5 kWh/kg).
Paul Barrett, CEO of Hysata, said, “The next phase of work involves scaling up our technology and deployment into pilot projects as we ready the company to get to commercial scale. We look forward to working with Dr Finkel to deliver our era-defining electrolyser technology.”