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Supercritical wins experiment funding with OZ Minerals

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August 14, 2021

Supercritical and their high pressure, ultra-efficient electrolyser, has been selected as one of seven teams to take part in the OZ Minerals Think & Act Differently (TAD) accelerator program.

The focus of the challenge was to identify experiments that can demonstrate the safe and effective use of hydrogen in a mining context, with the aim of providing OZ Minerals insight into how Hydrogen can be used to support zero or low carbon processes.

There were 158 participants in the OZ Minerals and Unearthed Hydrogen Hypothesis challenge, from 35 countries.

Brett Triffett, OZ Minerals’ Transformation Technologist, explained, ‘The mining sector has the opportunity to leverage the progress made in other sectors and explore the use of Hydrogen technology in its operations.

‘The finalist teams were chosen because they have proposed ideas that have the potential to demonstrate the value Hydrogen technologies and applications could create for our industry.  

‘These teams also demonstrated their willingness to work and learn together with each other and OZ Minerals. The OZ Minerals TAD incubator acceleration program is designed to create as much mutual value as we possibly can, rather than just transacting an experiment for funding.

‘The program includes frequent capability uplift sessions on a range of topics so the participants come out with something more than just a funded experiment. Many of the finalist teams are not from the mining industry and are keen to learn more about how the industry works,’ Brett added.

These insights are embedded through regular Insights Panels with members of our broad ecosystem. They also come together with a technical mentor to gain valuable feedback on the technical aspects of their work with one another.

Luke Tan, Chief Product Officer at Supercritical, commented, ‘It’s great to see Supercritical’s technology acknowledged on the other side of the world in Australia.  The mining sector is a really important sector that Supercritical’s been focussing on since incorporation.’

Power heavy mines are often located in remote locations and often have the benefit of strong solar and wind availability. Pair these with land availability and you’ve got an ideal site for decarbonisation with renewables. However, even in renewable rich locations, the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. Ultra-efficient electrolysis offers this sector a means of storing the renewable energy to enable 24/7 operation whilst also offering fuel for their hard-to-decarbonise heavy goods vehicles as they shift to fuel cells.

‘We’ve worked with OZ Minerals over the last few months to identify multiple integration opportunities. Working with such a forward thinking company is really refreshing and we can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.’ Luke added.

The other teams selected are:

Avid Group – Hydrogen powered lighting towers

Carbon 280 – Hydrilyte storage system - safe hydrogen transport and storage at atmospheric temperature and pressure  

Carnot – Ultra efficient ceramic engine

Fly H2 Aerospace – Hydrogen powered drone

OZ Minerals – Hydrogen highway

Yakum Consulting / Queens University – Produce clean metal products from concentrate using green hydrogen.


Supercritical is developing the world’s first high pressure, ultra-efficient electrolyser, for the production of hydrogen and oxygen from water, with zero emissions. By using heat and pressure Supercritical's proprietary design allows them to exploit the benefits of supercritical water and deliver gases at over 200 bar of pressure, without the expense or challenges of hydrogen compressors.  With this, Supercritical will deliver the lowest cost of pressurised green hydrogen.

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