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The Western Australian Government has announced it will invest $1.68 million to support feasibility studies across seven proposed renewable hydrogen projects for the state.

The studies, funded through the State Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund, are aimed to support development of the job-creating industry. 

Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan said, “These feasibility studies will facilitate significant private sector investment and leverage financial support for a job-creating renewable hydrogen industry in WA.”

The research will include examining creating solar hydrogen for waste collection and light vehicle fleets in Cockburn, a hydrogen refuelling hub in Mandurah and the potential for an electrolysis hydrogen production plant in the Great Southern or Wheatbelt.

Other proposals include:

  • A standalone power system for an indigenous community in the Pilbara using 100 per cent renewable energy
  • A hydrogen production facility near Kununurra using existing hydro generation
  • Examining the compatibility of the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas transmission pipeline with blended hydrogen and looking at the integration of renewable hydrogen with isolated power stations

The fund is a key part of the WA Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy which aims to position the state as a major producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen.

“Western Australia needs to explore how we can produce, use and provide energy to our international partners through clean and reliable sources – renewable energy via hydrogen provides a means to do this,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“We received 19 feasibility study applications of which seven have been selected: confirming there is strong interest in developing a renewable hydrogen industry in WA.

“The projects being investigated have the potential to create new jobs, skills and training opportunities – particularly in regional Western Australia.”

The seven studies align with four of the Strategic Focus Areas of export, remote applications, blending in natural gas networks and transport.

 

Applicant Region Strategic Focus Area Feasibility Study Grant amount $million
ATCO Australia Pty Ltd Great Southern or Wheatbelt Transport and Blending in natural gas networks Clean Energy Innovation Park

Feasibility study for a 10 MW electrolysis hydrogen production plant.

$0.375
City of Cockburn Metro Transport Green Hydrogen for City of Cockburn

Feasibility study for solar hydrogen production for waste collection and light vehicle fleets. Study also examines cogeneration opportunities for electricity and heat production.

$0.149
DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd Blending in natural gas networks Preparing the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline for Hydrogen

Feasibility study examining the compatibility of the transmission pipeline with blended hydrogen, includes preparing a roadmap for development of regulations for hydrogen blended gas in WA.

$0.216
Energy Developments Limited Goldfields-Esperance and Kimberley Remote applications Hyer Penetration – EDL Hydrogen Enabled Hybrid Renewables

Feasibility study for the integration of renewable hydrogen production with isolated power stations.

$0.243
Hazer Group Limited Peel Transport Renewable Hydrogen Transport Hub in the City of Mandurah

Feasibility study for a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure hub and associated transport applications.

$0.250
Murdoch University Pilbara Remote applications Hybrid PV-Battery-Hydrogen System for Microgrids

Feasibility study for 100% renewable energy standalone power system for an indigenous community in the Pilbara. Study includes development of a new modelling tool to optimise design.

$0.075
Pacific Hydro Australia Developments Pty Ltd Kimberley Export, Transport and Remote applications Ord Hydrogen

Feasibility study for hydrogen production facility near Kununurra utilising existing hydro generation.

$0.370

 

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