Adelaide green hydrogen plant underway at Tonsley

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Construction has begun on pioneering hydrogen production facility, which will help South Australia’s bid to become global leader in certified green hydrogen.

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Construction has begun on a pioneering hydrogen production facility in Adelaide, which will play a major role in South Australia’s bid to become a global leader in certified green hydrogen.

The $A11.4 million HyP SA facility is being built at the Tonsley Innovation District and is expected to start renewable hydrogen production around mid-2020.

The Australian Gas Networks facility will house a 1.25MW electrolyser – the first Australian demonstration project of its scale and size – with small quantities of renewable hydrogen produced and blended into the local gas distribution network from next year.

Today’s ground-breaking ceremony coincides with the release of a report by national science agency, CSIRO, that maps the research steps Australia must take to realise a potential 7600 jobs and $11 billion a year by 2050 from the burgeoning hydrogen industry.

Adelaide-based AGN is part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) and received a $4.9 million grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund to build and operate the project.

Using a 1.25 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, renewable electricity will be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas.

The renewable hydrogen will then be blended with natural gas and supplied to 710 customers in the adjacent suburb of Mitchell Park via the existing natural gas network.

AGN Chief Executive Officer Ben Wilson said the HyP SA project represented the first step towards decarbonising South Australia’s gas networks.

“Commercial hydrogen production is achievable and can decarbonise Australia’s energy mix while at the same time accessing export markets,” he said.

“Developing the hydrogen economy will also play a key role and the momentum around hydrogen is building with burgeoning research and development underway.

“When burnt, hydrogen does not release any carbon emissions, only water and heat so it is essentially just another gas we can use in place of, or blended with, natural gas to provide energy and heat.

“There is no additional cost to customers receiving the blended 5 per cent renewable gas and the change will not impact any arrangements these customers have with their existing natural gas retailer.”

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  1. rob 1 week ago

    Read all the comments made so far…..NOT one has said good on you South Australia (the country’s LEADER in all things RENEWABLE and also a world Leader!) …..I have been watching the Data dashboard of the NEM MOST of the day and our Solar and Wind has been more that our consumption all day. Our prices have been negative (max -$1000.00) or zero or a couple of bucks all day. Unfortunately we have had to have the Gas burners on but on a Nett basis ALL exported to Vic giving them very low prices too. YOU ALL IN THE NEM SHOULD BE THANKING US! THIS IS HAPPENING ON A REGULAR BASIS NOW! We have gone from the highest priced State to the Lowest with good Governance, Politics and determination! Suck it up the rest of you! (I’m a tad pissed off at renewable readers right now) GO S.A. GO

    • rob 1 week ago

      Keep up the great work you are doing other states with your Black and Brown FILTH!

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