Sustainable energy producer EDL has been awarded $243,000 by the West Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund towards its study to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources, as the first step towards totally displacing diesel and gas to power remote sites.
EDL Chief Executive Officer James Harman said the study will build on EDL’s demonstrated track record of delivering innovative power projects in remote areas, including two landmark hybrid renewable projects.
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“EDL will leverage our expertise in hybrid renewable microgrids to produce hydrogen from renewable sources and to transition existing fossil-fuelled power stations to 100 per cent renewable energy, including renewable hydrogen,” he said.
“This study is a significant first step in EDL’s goal to be the first energy producer to use renewable hydrogen to power a remote community or mining operation in Western Australia.”
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Under this $486,000 study that EDL is funding on a 50/50 basis with the government, EDL will conduct the technical investigations needed to make the financial investment decision to commence hydrogen production for fossil fuel displacement as part of a demonstration project.
The study is expected to be completed in late 2020. Depending on the outcomes, it is anticipated the demonstration project will be launched in 2021.