18/08/2021 - 12:36

$2m for green hydrogen blending

18/08/2021 - 12:36

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Renewable hydrogen will soon be blended into Perth’s gas network after the state government granted Atco $2 million for a project in Jandakot.

Hydrogen Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Renewable hydrogen will soon be blended into Perth’s gas network after the state government granted Atco $2 million for a project in Jandakot.

Hydrogen Minister Alannah MacTiernan revealed the funding package at an Energy Club dinner last night.

ATCO already operates a clean energy innovation hub at Jandakot, which has used renewable power and batteries to power electrolysers to produce green hydrogen.

The state government hopes to hit a 10 per cent hydrogen blending target in the state’s main gas network by next year.

The project will cost $2.6 million.

ATCO managing director in Australia Patrick Creaghan said research and trials had been under way at the project since 2019.

“Initially, the blending will use renewable hydrogen produced at ATCO’s existing Clean Energy Innovation Hub,” he said in a release today. 

“As blending extends further into the network, and in higher concentrations, in the coming years it’s anticipated this investment will further spur the growth of the renewable hydrogen industry.  

“This includes ATCO’s proposed Clean Energy Innovation Park, recently supported by ARENA and currently in development in Western Australia’s Mid-West.”

Last night, Ms MacTiernan said the state government was working on licensing and land access rules for potential larger scale hydrogen projects.

Other work included considering federal law changes to allow commercial cost recovery for blending of hydrogen into gas networks.

While the state government has directed funding to green hydrogen projects, and there has been debate about the role of blue hydrogen using methane and carbon sequestration, Ms MacTiernan said the government would be open to all options

“We support all colours of the rainbow when it comes to hydrogen,” Ms MacTiernan said, while ruling out using nuclear power.

“We understand the different colours, the blue etcetera will have a role in the transition.

“We totally accept that.

“We’ve made a decision that the direct financial inputs we’re making, we’ll focus on going directly to the green.”

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