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2022 HDR Scholarship - Portable green hydrogen solutions for households- RACE for 2030 CRC scholarship.

Status: Open

Applications open: 10/12/2021
Applications close: 31/01/2022

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About this scholarship

Households are taking control of their energy supply through solar PV systems and increasingly, battery storage and EVs. This Industry PhD project will investigate the role of green hydrogen in the home to supplement these systems and how it can be applied in the Western Australian context. The research questions for this project will investigate the technical, regulatory and social aspects of deploying this energy source in households, in a small scale and possibly portable manner.

The Industry PhD project is undertaken in collaboration with Starling Energy, the industry partner.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

RACE for 2030 will provide a living stipend scholarship for three years of $38,000 per annum (tax exempt). An international fee waiver may be provided by Curtin for a suitable candidate. RACE for 2030 will also supply up to $3,000 per annum for expenses for the candidate, for items such as a computer, publishing fees, travel or conference costs.

Scholarship Details


Applicants must be intending to enrol in the Doctor of Philosophy- Humanities course in 2022. They will be completing the project on portable green hydrogen solutions for households.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants should have a first-class honours or masters degree or equivalent in a related discipline (preferably from electrical/energy engineering), OR a combination of an upper second-class honour’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline together with suitable professional work experience in a relevant field.
  • Applicants must be studying full time.
  • Successful recipients must also not be in receipt of any other scholarship.


In addition to the eligibility criteria, candidates should also have the following skills and/or experience:

  • Science background or similar, with an understanding of energy infrastructure and distribution systems
  • An understanding of the regulatory environment in the national and regional electrical grid system
  • Highly developed system thinking (e.g. system theory, specification and product development)
  • Both quantitative (data management) and qualitative research methods (e.g. interview, survey, etc.) experience desirable
  • Project management experience desirable
  • Highly developed critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

During the selection process, candidates will also be assessed upon their ability to:

  • Independently pursue their work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Have a professional approach 
  • Analyse and work with complex issues and 
  • Formulate scientific texts 

Application process

To apply for this opportunity, please submit an email to the project lead listed below. The email must include your current curriculum vitae, a copy of your degree transcripts showing the units you have studied and a capacity statement of 3 pages maximum. This statement should explain how your background, skills and experience will contribute to this specific project, as well as some discussion on the project based on the research questions provided.

Name: Atiq Zaman


Phone: +61 8 9266 9018

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must complete their Curtin milestone 1 within 6 month of enrolment and remain enrolled on a full time basis for the duration of the scholarship.


RACE milestones:

  • 1-6 months: Industry PhD candidate commences, discussions with their Industry Reference Group (IRG) regarding the industry identified need for the rapid review topic, undertake scoping searches of the literature to identify the feasibility of the topic. Reporting milestone to RACE for 2030 within 6 months on progress.
  • 8 months: delivery of rapid review outcomes package under the guidance of the IRG and research supervisor(s). The rapid review documents will be available on the RACE for 2030.
  • 31st May and 30th November each year: Milestone report to RACE for 2030 covering activities undertaken including those with the IRG, any difficulties encountered, research outputs, expenses summary and timeline to completion. Industry Partner survey undertaken.
  • End of Year 3: PhD completion with research publications within this timeframe. A six-month extension may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.  


Name: Atiq Zaman


Phone: +61 8 9266 9018

Organisation/Department: Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University

Further Information

RACE for 2030 Collaborative Research Centre will fund the scholarship and Starling Energy is the Industry Partner on the project. This PhD will be completed through a thesis compilation (published papers) with a minimum of three peer-reviewed publications and will commence with an industry-focused Rapid Review. You can find out more about RACE here.


Longer project summary:

Households are taking control of their energy supply through solar PV systems and increasingly, battery storage and EVs. This places pressure on the grid networks to provide reliable and affordable energy for consumers when these systems cannot supply 100% of household energy demand. This occurs at a diurnal level during early morning or in the late evening, and at a seasonal level during winter when there has not been enough sunlight for a number of days. Contributing to winter energy demand is the prevalence of poorly insulated homes where residents are reliant on heaters to stay comfortable.

An option to supplement household renewable energy is portable hydrogen provided through small scale storage solutions. The solar-generated hydrogen is well-suited for small-scale distribution with low operational greenhouse gas emissions and is compatible with current household energy systems.

The research questions for this project would investigate the technical, regulatory and social aspects of deploying this energy source in households:

  1. What are the technical and regulatory considerations for producing and deploying small scale hydrogen storage for households? This may include algorithms to manage demand and network loads, conversion process for producing the hydrogen, and regulatory measures that will influence their use. This will be answered by the rapid review focusing on international examples, that will then be applied to a WA case study.
  2. What is the optimal size of small scale hydrogen storage systems for households with varying energy and practice systems and considerations for the portable nature of the small scale hydrogen storage to be used outside the home? How will the small scale hydrogen storage work with current non-grid sources of energy in the home and how will this be integrated with other local DER network solutions? What are the safety considerations for these systems?
  3. Is there an acceptance of small scale hydrogen storage as an alternative non-grid source of energy by households? What factors could influence this?
  4. What are the emission reductions associated with small scale hydrogen storage as a household energy source?
  5. Is small scale hydrogen storage a commercially viable energy source for households in the case study regions and what regulatory considerations are there?


This PhD will be supported by an Industry Reference Group throughout the project.


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