A $2.3m project aiming to understand the stability of current Australian gas infrastructure for transporting hydrogen is underway at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus.
Delivered in partnership with Future Fuels CRC, the Hydrogen Test Bed project is a key step in establishing south west Victoria as a hub of hydrogen expertise.
It will see researchers bury currently used gas pipes in purpose-built sandpits, fill them with hydrogen and monitor them over a five-year period.
Lead researcher Associate Professor Nolene Byrne said this globally significant research will help to safely introduce hydrogen into existing natural gas networks in Australian homes and businesses.
“This project is looking at all parts of the reticulated gas network, including welds, junctures, regulators and appliances, so that we can safely introduce hydrogen into existing infrastructure,” Byrne said.
Research results aim to extend the life of existing Australian infrastructure while investing in clean energy solutions.
The Hydrogen Test Bed project is located within the proposed Hycel Technology Hub precinct at Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus in south-west Victoria.
Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said the installation of the Hydrogen Test Bed facility is a vital step in the establishment of a hydrogen hub of expertise in the region.