Hy­dro­gen plants get back­ing

The Australian Energy Review - - NEWS - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI SOUTH AUS­TRALIA

TWO new hy­dro­gen pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion plants to be built in South Aus­tralia will pro­duce hy­dro­gen for the grid us­ing re­new­able en­ergy. Hy­dro­gen Util­ity’s (H2U) $117.5 mil­lion 15 megawatt (MW) re­new­able hy­dro­gen elec­trol­yser plant will be built on the Eyre Penin­sula to pro­vide bal­anc­ing ser­vices to the na­tional trans­mis­sion grid and fast frequency re­sponse sup­port to new so­lar plants. The project will be par­tially funded by a $4.7 mil­lion grant and $7.5 mil­lion loan from South Aus­tralia’s Re­new­able Tech­nol­ogy Fund. An $11.4 mil­lion hy­dro­gen demon­stra­tion plant – Hy­dro­gen Park SA – will also be built at the Ade­laide Ton­s­ley In­no­va­tion Dis­trict by Aus­tralian Gas In­fras­truc­ture Group (AGIG). The plant, which re­ceived a $4.9 mil­lion grant from the State Govern­ment, will com­prise a 1.25MW Siemens PEM elec­trol­yser to pro­duce hy­dro­gen util­is­ing elec­tric­ity from the grid and po­ten­tially on-site so­lar. The hy­dro­gen will then be dis­trib­uted into the lo­cal gas net­work to pro­vide low-car­bon gas to con­sumers. AGIG chief cus­tomer of­fi­cer An­drew Stan­i­ford said Hy­dro­gen Park SA will be­gin pro­duc­tion in mid-2020 and would pro­pel South Aus­tralia’s sta­tus as a leader in re­new­able en­ergy tech­nol­ogy. “Hy­dro­gen is an emerg­ing in­dus­try, with real po­ten­tial to de­velop into a global com­mod­ity utilised by homes, business, in­dus­try and ve­hi­cles,” Mr Stan­i­ford said. “Given the early na­ture of the tech­nol­ogy, it is key to bring to­gether Govern­ment, in­dus­try and re­searchers in one fa­cil­ity to work to­gether to en­sure th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties are re­alised and to ed­u­cate and train our com­mu­nity. “Our hy­dro­gen Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence (COE) will cap­ture and re­port on the learn­ings across the Hy­dro­gen Park-sa project.” South Aus­tralia En­ergy min­is­ter Tom Kout­san­to­nis said more re­new­able en­ergy meant cheaper power, and the abil­ity to store re­new­ables would al­low the ben­e­fits of that cheap power to be “ex­pe­ri­enced around the clock”. “Hy­dro­gen also of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a new in­dus­try in South Aus­tralia where we can ex­port our sun and wind re­sources to the world,” Mr Kout­san­to­nis said.

Im­age: AGIG.

AGIG chief cus­tomer of­fi­cer An­drew Stan­i­ford.

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