Located in Adelaide’s Tonsely Innovation District, the facility was opened last week by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan, with a number of guests in attendance.
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), through its Australian Gas Networks (AGN) company, has developed the project to be capable of producing approximately 175 t of hydrogen per annum, equal to the total gas use of around 1,500 SA homes, or tens of thousands of homes on a blended gas basis.
A proton exchange membrane electrolyser at the facility uses renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
AGN will blend approximately 5 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.
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 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.
“HyP SA demonstrates the low carbon future of the gas industry and illustrates the important role the nation’s gas networks will play in meeting the decarbonisation challenge.
“At AGIG, we are investing in the long-term interests of our customers and the environment, with HyP SA providing the template for the conversion of our entire gas network to safely and efficiently distribute renewable hydrogen to our customers.”
For more information visit the AGIG website.