Australian Gas Networks (AGN) Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), valued at $ 14.5 million, is now open and operational, integrating renewable hydrogen into part of its network. natural gas distribution based in Adelaide.
The facility is owned by Australian Gas Networks (AGN) – part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) – and is located south of Adelaide in the Tonsley innovation district.
At HyP SA, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer uses renewable electricity (solar and wind) to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
AGN will incorporate approximately 5% renewable hydrogen into its existing natural gas distribution network to provide a gas blend to more than 700 homes in parts of the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park.
AGN received a $ 4.9 million grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund to build and operate the project.
South Australian Energy and Mines Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said: âWith our abundant renewable energy resources, South Australia is well positioned to become a producer, supplier and exporter of world-class green hydrogen, and projects such as HyP SA are key to demonstrating our leadership in this exciting industry.
âThe installation of Australia’s largest hydrogen chlorinator further advances the Marshall government’s plans to provide cleaner, more affordable energy to households and businesses in South Australia.
âHydrogen is a fuel with enormous potential and the Marshall government is stepping in to make sure we can meet local, national and international demand for zero carbon hydrogen.â
AGIG CEO Ben Wilson said the successful completion of HyP SA is an important milestone in South Australia’s renewable gas journey and reflects the widening community recognition of the important benefits of hydrogen.
âHyP SA is an Australian first and one of the few projects in the world to provide a renewable gas blend to homes connected to an existing gas network,â Wilson said.
âThe hydrogen produced by HyP SA shows how we can use the state’s abundant solar and wind resources to deliver carbon-free gas to homes and businesses.
âHyP SA demonstrates the low-carbon future of the gas industry and illustrates the important role that national gas networks will play in meeting the challenge of decarbonization.
âAt AGIG we invest in the long term interests of our customers and the environment, HyP SA providing the model for the conversion of our entire gas network to distribute renewable hydrogen in a safe and efficient manner. to our customers.
“We are now focused on developing plans to provide a full supply of carbon-free gas to our customers.”
The HyP SA facility also includes tubular trailer filling infrastructure to deliver renewable hydrogen to industry across South Australia via road transport with project partner BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc.
HyP SA is capable of producing around 175 tonnes of hydrogen per year, equivalent to the total gas consumption of around 1,500 South Australian households, or tens of thousands of households based on a mixture of gas.
HyP SA is also the first of several renewable hydrogen projects that AGIG is developing in Australia.
AGIG has announced plans for a similar plant in Gladstone, Queensland; developing detailed plans to integrate between 10% and 100% renewable hydrogen into gas networks in South Australia and Victoria through the Australian Hydrogen Center; and assesses how hydrogen can be introduced into the Dampier gas pipeline at Bunbury in Western Australia.
In addition, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently provided funding for two AGIG projects as part of the renewable hydrogen deployment funding cycle.
Hydrogen Park Murray Valley – in partnership with ENGIE – in Wodonga, Victoria, and the Clean Energy Innovation Park – in partnership with ATCO Australia – in Warradarge, Western Australia, are both 10 MW projects that will seek to blend into the grids in gas distribution as well as in the supply sector. and transportation.