North Queensland students were given a glimpse into the potential of hydrogen and its role as part of Queensland’s Energy and Jobs Plan.
Visiting Ignatius Park College for the hydrogen workshop delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council, Resources Minister Scott Stewart said hydrogen would create good jobs in the future.
“We know there are great opportunities for Townsville and North Queensland to embrace green hydrogen and the jobs it will create in the future,” Mr Stewart said.
“That’s why it’s important the kids sitting in our classroom today know about hydrogen and how it will become an important part of our energy and resources mix moving forward.
“North Queensland is perfectly placed to help deliver the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for cleaner, reliable, and affordable energy through not only hydrogen but through critical minerals which will become more in demand as we deliver our Energy and Jobs Plan.”
About 30 students from Ignatius Park College and Ayr State High School took part in technology-driven activities that explored green hydrogen production, hydrogen fuel cells, and hydrogen-powered vehicles, as part of the workshops.
Queensland Resources Council Director of Skills, Education and Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones said this innovative education experience highlights the role that hydrogen will play in helping the world reach net zero emissions.
“To kick off the full-day workshop, students will dive into data analysis and reaction rates, looking at the ratio and volume of hydrogen and oxygen produced when an electrolyser is used with water,” Ms Jones explained.
“Not only is this an interactive and exciting way to learn about green hydrogen production, but it lets the students apply their fundamental chemistry and mathematic skills to an industrial scenario.”
Ignatius Park College Principal Shaun Clarke said the school was very excited to be hosting the QMEA workshop.
“In addition to the dynamic, hands-on learning activities, our students will be working alongside industry representatives who will guide them through the workshop tasks and offer firsthand advice on possible career pathways,” Mr Clarke said.
“Our school values its partnership with the QMEA, and these experiences are an invaluable opportunity for the students to enjoy exciting challenges that complement the classroom curriculum.”