Hub cook­ing with gas

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.