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Planning for our Low Carbon Future

 

 

Australian Gas Networks and the Australian gas sector has a clear vision for a low carbon future using renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane. We know we need to deliver on this vision to help Australia meet national and state-based emissions reductions targets, whilst also maintaining reliability of energy supply and lowest cost to our customers.

Hydrogen Park South Australia and Hydrogen Park Gladstone will demonstrate how we can use the existing gas network to deliver blended renewable gas to customers - the Australian Hydrogen Centre (AHC) is the next step in our journey, delivering feasibility studies on blending 10% renewable hydrogen into towns and cities, and plans for a 100% renewable gas future.

Established in late 2019, the $4.15 million Australian Hydrogen Centre (AHC) is backed by a $1.28 million Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant with a two year work program to help accelerate the renewable gas industry by:


• Completing comprehensive studies to decarbonise gas consumption in Victoria and South Australia

• Developing project plans to inject 10% renewable hydrogen into selected regional towns

• Sharing the learnings from Hydrogen Park South Australia to apply to other renewable gas projects

• Expanding the market for renewable electricity generation

• Establishing a platform for other states to decarbonise their gas consumption by leveraging on the Victorian and South Australian feasibility studies

• Establishing a large domestic market for renewable hydrogen

Importantly, it will also raise community awareness on the use of renewable gas and how this technology may be deployed in the future.

 

Founding Members

 

The AHC has received funding support from ARENA and founding members South Australia’s Department for Energy and MiningVictoria’s Department of environment, Land, Water and Planning, gas and energy infrastructure businesses, AGN and AusNet Services, and leading renewable energy companies, ENGIE and Neoen.

AHC Timeline

 

• Q4 2019: Project start date

• Q1 2020: Official announcement of the Australian Hydrogen Centre by the Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction the Hon Angus Taylor MP

• Q1 2020: Selection of Regional Towns report

Q4 2020: 10% hydrogen blending in Regional Town draft feasibility report

• Q2 2021: 10% hydrogen blending in Regional Town final feasibility report and 10% state blending draft feasibility reports

• Q1 2022: Final state feasibility reports (10% blending and 100% hydrogen networks), Hydrogen Park South Australia knowledge sharing report


Find out More

 

ARENA Project Page: The Australian Hydrogen Centre

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Media Release

ARENA media release

South Australian Government media release

AGN media release

ENGIE media release

 

 

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