Around 40,000 homes and businesses in Albury-Wodonga, Victoria could be powered by hydrogen in the near future as Australian Gas Networks (AGN) targets 10% renewable gas in networks by no later than 2030.
Part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), AGN is partnering with energy company Engie to develop Hydrogen Park Murray Valley (HyP Murray Valley), which will supply renewable hydrogen blended with natural gas to customers on the existing Albury-Wodonga gas distribution network.
The 10MW renewable hydrogen project, co-located with the West Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant, would also be able to supply industry and transport markets.
The HyP Murray Valley bid has been submitted to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) alongside the Clean Energy Innovation Park (CEIP) project proposal, a joint venture between AGIG and international integrated energy group ATCO.
The CEIP will be located alongside renewable electricity generation assets in Waradarge, Western Australia.
It comprises a 10MW electrolyser and is capable of producing four tonnes of renewable hydrogen per day for use in gas networks, industry and transport.
These projects add to AGIG’s current hydrogen developments in Hydrogen Park South Australia and Hydrogen Park Gladstone in Queensland and demonstrate AGIG’s commitment to target 10% renewable gas in networks by no later than 2030.
AGIG CEO Ben Wilson said the Hydrogen Park Murray Valley project will put the whole of Albury-Wodonga on up to a 10% renewable hydrogen blend in the existing natural gas distribution network, as well as providing other services including electricity grid support, oxygen sales and the potential to supply hydrogen to cars, buses and trucks.
“Hydrogen Park Murray Valley will be globally significant in terms of market outreach, to around 40,000 connections, and its co-location with a wastewater treatment facility,” he said.
“It will demonstrate sustainable outcomes across the water, gas and electricity sectors. It aims to deliver a highly replicable model enabling the decarbonisation of more than 5.2 million gas connections in Australia.”
“The CEIP in Western Australia delivers highly efficient renewable hydrogen production at around 4,000kg per day.”
“Both of these projects are eight times larger than our existing Hydrogen Park South Australia, which is the biggest hydrogen project under commissioning in Australia and one of the largest in the world and demonstrates our commitment to play a leading role in Australia’s renewable hydrogen journey.”