For a colourless gas, Hydrogen sure comes in an array of colours – Brown, Blue and Green. The colour refers to how the hydrogen is sourced, with the best environmental option – renewable electricity splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen as the “green” case. It’s also the one that the hydrogen proponents at Bell Bay are confident will be in demand in the future. As we’ve indicated in prior newsletters, the Hydrogen opportunity for Tasmania is significant, but, it’s not an easy technical path to scaling up a fuel to power the world. I would encourage you to watch the video at Cosmos for a great explanation that takes some of the technical & scientific jargon around Hydrogen production and simplifies it so we can all understand the opportunities and challenges. One of our newest Members 123v Tasmanian Hydrogen is a Tasmanian based Hydrogen proponent who’re proposing smaller scale Hydrogen Transport options, right here in Northern Tasmania. They’ll be presenting their vision at the May Chamber Business Breakfast on May 26. We’re still finalising the details but please save the date… you can even download a calendar file here!
Two weeks back we spoke about our elections wish-list. Space constrained us to Health and the Tamar, but with less than a week to go, another idea that’s gathering some interest, and as noted on ABC Radio and in the Examiner last week, was our suggestion of a Chief Entrepreneur to promote the start-up economy,
Tasmania’s start-ups are more likely to come from the sectors where we’re naturally well-endowed. Agritech and food production come to mind straight away, especially when you add in fermented products, but with a more supportive ecosystem for start-ups the sky is the limit. There are many barriers to a great start-up sector in Northern Tasmania, notwithstanding good early work from the Office of the Coordinator General, FermenTasmania, Enterprize and Start-up Tasmania. Now is the time to take that early work to the next level and for the State Government to appoint a Chief Entrepreneur – a formalised role that catalyses and coordinates between government and the innovation community to start-up and scale up Tasmania’s entrepreneurs. In practical terms, this means removal of impediments, access to mentors and venture capital, financial advice and other support to advance ideas and plans that creates attractive investments. Where other states have created this role, their start-up eco-systems have flourished. Launceston has a proud history of firsts, and we need to focus forward to get ahead, not just keep-up.