Renewable, Green Gas, Trial Gets the Go Ahead
Sydney homes and businesses could use “green gas” in as little as five years for their cooking, heating, and hot water, thanks to a new renewable gas trial from leading energy company, Jemena.
The $15 million trial – the largest of its kind in Australia – will use international technology to convert solar and wind power into hydrogen gas, which will then be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales; Australia’s biggest gas distribution network.
Hydrogen is carbon-neutral and produces water when used as a fuel source.
Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said Jemena’s Project H2GO will see a 500kW electrolyser constructed in western Sydney which is able to generate enough hydrogen to power approximately 250 homes.
“In the future Australians will need to decide what to do with excess renewable energy on very windy or very sunny days. Jemena’s Project H2GO will demonstrate how existing gas pipeline technology can store excess renewable energy for weeks and months, making it more efficient than batteries which can only store excess renewable energy for minutes or hours,” said Mr Tudor.
“Our trial will also explore how hydrogen can be used to power Australians who are on the move, with a hydrogen refuelling station being developed to support the burgeoning hydrogen-vehicle industry.”
It is estimated Jemena’s New South Wales gas network – which delivers gas to 1.3 million customers – is capable of storing as much energy as 8 million Powerwall batteries without further investment or network augmentation.
Mr Tudor said Jemena’s Project H2GO lays the foundations for a renewable energy grid which would take advantage of Australia’s abundant renewable resources.
“Australia has established solar and wind powered industries, and this trial will leverage off this as we develop a hydrogen industry. It will be very exciting to explore the benefits for customers and how these could be rolled out more broadly across our NSW gas network, and potentially, across Australia, in the future.”
Jemena’s Project H2GO will be co-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) who has committed $7.5 million in funding for the project.
Sydney homes and businesses could use ‘green gas’ in as little as five years for cooking, heating and hot water thanks to Australia’s largest renewable gas trial
Innovation doesn’t always mean something new has been invented. We can also deliver benefits to customers and improve network efficiencies by exploring new ways to utilise current assets and existing technologies. Jemena’s Power to Gas trial, Project H2GO is acase in point. The trial will convert solar and wind power into hydrogen gas, via electrolysis, which will then be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network (JGN) in New South Wales, the biggest gas distribution network in Australia. If the trial to power 250 homes and a hydrogen vehicle refuelling station is successful, we’ll look to expand it across the NSW network.
- The $15 million trial is co-funded by Jemena and the Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
- A 500kW electrolyser will be able to generate enough hydrogen to power approximately 250 homes.
- The JGN supplies more than 1.3 million customers each year.
- The JGN is 25,000 kilometres in length and is capable of storing as much energy as 8 million Powerwall bateries.
- Hydrogen is carbon neutral and the trial will ensure homes and businesses in Australia can be powered by clean, green renewable energy
- The trial will support one refuelling station for hydrogen vehicles