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Australia-Based Star Scientific Plans Albuquerque, New Mexico, Operations

Australia-based Star Scientific Ltd. Global, a green hydrogen research and development company, plans to establish its first North American operation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The $100 million project is expected to create approximately 200 jobs.

The company is looking to acquire up to 50 acres in the Mesa del Sol district for a joint research and mass manufacturing facility.

“From the very earliest conversations, the officials in New Mexico outlined their long-term commitment to hydrogen and the benefits of their state for a company such as Star Scientific,” Star Scientific Chair Andrew Horvath Horvath said. “We were impressed by their whole-of-government approach to manufacturing, logistics, higher education and research and their vision for the role that hydrogen will play in their future.? We were equally impressed that they had holistically planned important human details such as housing for families that will work at our facility, education incentives for their children and lifestyle and leisure infrastructure. There is also an infectious ‘can do’ attitude which appeals to we Australians very much.”

Star Scientific is currently in negotiations with the state Economic Development Department for an incentive package that would include assistance from the Job-Creation Fund under the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) as well as assistance for job training. The company would also qualify for manufacturing tax credits and for hiring high-wage workers.

“When we set a high bar for climate goals and environmental protection, companies and investors from around the globe anchor their investments in New Mexico,” noted Environment Department Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “Star Scientific’s investment in New Mexico is a welcome addition to our economy and I am looking forward to their clean hydrogen manufacturing and research campus located in our state.”

Australia-based Star Scientific is a hydrogen research and development company that develops technologies to help businesses and governments transition to a new energy economy. The company’s Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, also known as HERO®, is a non-polluting catalyst that uses hydrogen to generate limitless amounts of heat necessary for all major industrial applications without any combustion.

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