Charles Darwin University (CDU) has produced hydrogen in the Northern Territory for the first time, with plans to use its electrolyser and fuel cell facility to develop skilled green hydrogen industry workers in the NT.
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The facility will also serve as an innovation platform for industry through testing new hydrogen and other renewable technologies.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Technology and Director of the Energy Resources Institute, Professor Suresh Thennadil, said the equipment upgrade at the facility was key to enabling exploration into hydrogen.
“The installation of a containerised hydrogen electrolyser and fuel cell system significantly enhances our ability to study hydrogen production and its feasibility as an energy source for fuelling the grid,” Professor Thennadil said.
“This will also enable us to better understand the challenges and intricacies associated with incorporating hydrogen as an additional energy source as well as the durability of electrolysers and other components under local climatic conditions.
“This upgrade provides a unique and flexible platform to study renewable energy systems, particularly small regional and remote grids, which are common throughout the NT.”
CDU collaborated with Pacific Energy to design, install and commission a containerised system that houses the electrolyser and fuel cell.
The system has been installed at CDU’s Renewable Energy Microgrid Hub for Applied Research and Training (REMHART) facility in East Arm to further research and training.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Steve Rogers said the unique state-of-the-art facility is the corner stone in supporting the Government’s vision for a renewable energy future.
“It is important to us that renewable energy industries flourish in the NT, we achieve our decarbonisation goals, and we address the energy security of remote communities,” Professor Rogers said.
“Our REMHART facility aims to pioneer the development of affordable, reliable, and eco-friendly power systems by providing a dedicated space to create and test new technologies.
“This represents a practical stride towards sustainable energy solutions in the NT.”
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The REMHART facility was established and enhanced with $2 million of funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Strategic University Reform Fund (SURF) program.