Hub cooking with gas
THE ribbon has been cut on ATCO’s multimilliondollar renewable energy research facility in Jandakot.
The gas company’s $3.6 million Clean Energy Innovation Hub was officially opened last week.
It will investigate the role of hydrogen in the future energy industry.
Supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the hub will explore what role hydrogen can potentially play in complementing renewable energies, such as wind and solar power.
The hub will also investigate how renewable energy and natural gas technologies can support the electricity grid in WA.
ATCO’s Australia managing director Pat Creaghan said the facility was an important step towards a more ecofriendly future.
“Natural gas already provides a lower carbon alternative to many traditional energy sources,” Mr Creaghan said.
“It is also a reliable source of back-up energy, which means we can use more renewable energy sources to power homes and businesses.
“We believe the natural gas distribution network has an important and ongoing role to play in the future energy mix.”
ATCO chief executive Nancy Southern opens the Clean Energy Innovation Hub with WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston.