Australia’s gas sector is on a pathway to a cleaner energy future. Developed by Australian Gas Networks (AGN), part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) is Australia’s largest renewable gas project, turning AGIG’s responsibility for a low carbon future into reality.
Australia has committed to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) to between 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030, and South Australia is targeting net zero emissions in the 2030’s. Renewable hydrogen can play a major part in achieving these goals.
Hydrogen can be used in the same way as natural gas, heating homes and businesses, generating electricity and as a transport fuel. Yet it doesn’t produce any carbon emissions – only water and energy. By converting renewable electricity into hydrogen, we can store vast amounts of renewable energy for later use (such as when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing) and still have the superior reliability and heating performance that natural gas provides.
HyP SA is an innovative energy project that will produce renewable hydrogen gas.
Supported by the South Australian Government with grant funding of $4.9 million, HyP SA is aligned with the State’s vision to leverage its wind, sun, land, infrastructure and skills to be a world-class renewable hydrogen supplier. With first production expected in the second half of 2020, HyP SA will produce renewable hydrogen using water and renewable electricity through a process known as electrolysis.
The hydrogen will be blended with natural gas and supplied to nearby homes and businesses via the existing gas network. There’s also potential for supply to industrials and transport via tube trailers (long storage tubes on the back of semi-trailers).
A 5% hydrogen blend is the first step to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. We are currently extending our hydrogen footprint with projects considering up to 10% hydrogen blend before 100% conversion, such as the Australian Hydrogen Centre and Hydrogen Park Gladstone.