WA announces funding for hydrogen feasibility studies
February 5, 2020
$1.68 million to support feasibility studies across seven proposed renewable hydrogen projects for Western Australia to support development of the fledgling industry.
The studies, funded through the Renewable Hydrogen Fund, 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 McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy which aims to position the State as a major producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen.
The seven studies align with the strategy's four Strategic Focus Areas of export, remote applications, blending in natural gas networks and transport.