Australian Gas Networks (AGN) has opened its $14.5 million hydrogen production facility. The Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) has commenced blending renewable hydrogen into part of its natural gas distribution network in Adelaide.
The facility was officially opened yesterday by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.
In an Australian first, AGN will blend approximately five per cent renewable hydrogen into its existing natural gas distribution network to deliver a blended gas to more than 700 homes in parts of the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park.
At HyP SA, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser uses renewable electricity (solar and wind) to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
AGN received a $4.9 million grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund to build and operate the project.
AGIG CEO, Ben Wilson, said HyP SA is an Australian first and one of only a few projects in the world to deliver a renewable gas blend to homes connected to an existing gas network.
"The hydrogen produced at HyP SA shows how we can use the state’s abundant solar and wind resources to deliver carbon-free gas to homes and businesses,” he said.