H2SITE selected for Gold Hydrogen’s Yorke Peninsula pilot

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Hydrogen extraction technology company H2SITE has signed an MoU with Gold Hydrogen for its natural hydrogen pilot plant on the Yorke Peninsula.

White, natural or geologic hydrogen is naturally produced or present in the Earth’s crust and represents a primary source of energy without carbon footprint. Although it holds great decarbonisation potential by significantly reducing current hydrogen costs, the technology still requires development.

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Utilising H2SITE’s advanced membrane separation technology, the plant aims to recover over 95% of the available hydrogen while separating valuable co-products such as helium.

H2SITE CEO Andres Galnares said, “The collaboration with Gold Hydrogen underscores our shared commitment to the natural hydrogen market growth. H2SITE is thrilled to contribute with its membrane separation technology, enabling sustainable and cost-efficient hydrogen production.”

The project in the Yorke Peninsula represents a significant step forward in the natural hydrogen space, with one of the first wells showcasing unprecedented levels of H2 concentration.

Gold Hydrogen recently got the nod from the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining to start exploration drilling at the Yorke Peninsula site.

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Gold Hydrogen was formed after geologists uncovered nearly 100-year-old records from oil and gas drilling tests on the Yorke Peninsula. The tests found hydrogen at about 90% purity, but hydrogen was of no commercial value back then.

Gold Hydrogen, which listed on the ASX earlier this year, has moved quickly in its bid to be the first company to prove low-cost natural hydrogen exists in Australia.

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