Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has had a successful first year of operation at Hydrogen Park SA and says it plans to increase its supply of renewable hydrogen gas to thousands of new customers.
Located at the Tonsley Innovation District, Hydrogen Park SA is an Australian-first project and one of only a few projects in the world to supply a renewable gas blend to homes connected to an existing gas network.
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The facility currently supplies more than 700 homes in Mitchell Park with a blended gas made of 5 per cent renewable hydrogen, which is made onsite at Tonsley.
The $14.5 million facility is Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen facility at 1.25MW and received a $4.9 million grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund.
First production was achieved at Hydrogen Park SA as part of commissioning activities in late 2020, before being officially opened in May 2021.
The pioneering project is the first step towards decarbonising Australia’s gas supply and contributes to the development of South Australia’s hydrogen industry through innovation, workforce development, knowledge sharing and education.
Included in its first year of success is the development of tube trailer refilling infrastructure, enabling the transportation of hydrogen across the state for use by industrial customers.
The Hydrogen Park SA project significantly contributes its research and data to The Australian Hydrogen Centre.
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The centre brings together industry and government to share learnings and deliver feasibility studies on the blending 10 per cent renewable hydrogen into Australian towns, cities, and states, and ultimately a 100 per cent renewable hydrogen gas supply in the future.
AGIG CEO Craig de Laine announced the company’s plans to expand its supply of renewable hydrogen at the Hydrogen Park SA site to deliver blended renewable gas to around three thousand additional customers. The expansion is subject to regulatory approvals and AGIG expects to commence implementation of the expanded services as soon as possible once approved.