Homes in New South Wales, Australia could be powered by hydrogen in the near future as energy infrastructure company Jemena today confirmed it had purchased the state’s first electrolyser.
The electrolyser is part of a $15m trial, co-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which will produce renewably generated hydrogen gas for use in homes and businesses within the next five years.
Canadian firm Hydrogenics has developed the 500 kilowatt electrolyser which will be located in Western Sydney. The technology will use solar and wind power to create carbon neutral hydrogen gas to be stored in the Jemena Gas Network.
“We are making a significant investment in technology to demonstrate the network is ready to deliver clean, safe and sustainable green gas to customers,” said Gabrielle Sycamore, General Manager of Strategy and Commercial for Jemena.
“New South Wales’ first electrolyser will ensure we can develop processes to store renewably generated energy in existing network infrastructure for use when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.”
“… Jemena believes renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane can play an important role in meeting the NSW Government’s objective of net zero emissions by 2050.”
The project will demonstrate the co-mingling, storage and distribution of hydrogen and natural gas in the existing network, which has the capacity to store the equivalent of eight million Powerwall batteries.
In doing so, the project will test intermittent and variable energy conversion to renewable gas, providing on-demand energy in the gas distribution network.
“Gas is vital to many Australian companies and communities including the $196bn mining and manufacturing industry and more than 6.5 million homes,” Sycamore continued.
“Customers are increasingly looking for sustainable energy solutions and Jemena believes renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane can play an important role in meeting the NSW Government’s objective of net zero emissions by 2050.”