Minister for Education Dan Tehan said world-leading energy research was happening in Wannon as he visited the newly renamed Otway International Test Centre.
“The Otway International Test Centre provides businesses and universities the facilities to run experiments that further our knowledge of carbon capture, utilisation and storage,” Mr Tehan said.
“The Australian Government and industry have provided more than $100 million over the last decade to establish the facility and conduct research.
“Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) are a priority under the Technology Investment Roadmap and the Morrison Government is continuing to make investments to support this important technology as part of our technology not taxes approach to reducing emissions.
“Our Government has also reduced the cost of a science degree so more Australians will become scientists and tackle big issues through research and innovation.
“We have also provided $900 million for a National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund to support universities and STEM-focussed industry to work together in areas of industry and community priority.”
The Otway International Test Centre is operated by CO2CRC, a non-for-profit organisation. It was recently renamed to reflect the global scale of its operations.