The Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded Australian Gas Networks (AGN) $1.28 million for the centre.
AGN’s Australian Hydrogen Centre (AHC) will explore the feasibility of blending hydrogen into natural gas networks.
The initial studies will commence with blending up to 10 per cent of renewable hydrogen into selected South Australian and Victorian regional town’s networks.
Building on these regional town studies, the AHC will also develop feasibility studies to inject up to 10 per cent renewable hydrogen into larger networks to develop a pathway of transitioning to 100 per cent hydrogen networks.
The new ARENA grant will cover approximately 31 per cent of the total estimated cost of completing the AHC work program, estimated to conclude in January 2022.
AGN CEO Ben Wilson said the 2020s will be an exciting time for the energy industry and its consumers.
“ARENA’s foresight in backing the strategy for a roll-out of more renewably sourced gas in these two key major markets, is to be commended,” said Mr Wilson.
“AGN, as part of Australia’s broader energy industry, has commenced the new decade with a strategy that aims to deliver substantial, measurable and world-leading outcomes in minimising the current and future carbon footprint across the whole of our national gas distribution business.”
The AHC has additionally received funding from SA’s Department for Energy and Mining and Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
For more information visit the AGN website.
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