- Australia’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid launches in Denham
- Plant expected to produce renewable energy that could power 100 households
- Project expected to offset 140,000 litres of diesel each year
Australia’s first remote renewable hydrogen microgrid has launched in Denham in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region.
Energy Minister Bill Johnston and Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan were present last Friday to celebrate first hydrogen being produced at the $9.3 million Denham Hydrogen Demonstration Plant.
Once fully operational in early 2023, the plant is expected to be able to power the average demands of 100 households or 20 per cent of Denham’s residents and businesses.
It will also offset 140,000 litres of diesel annually and provide a decarbonisation pathway for future energy systems.
The plant includes a 704-kilowatt (kW) solar farm, 348kW hydrogen electrolyser, and a 100kW fuel cell providing an innovative alternative to diesel generators.
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The WA Government has provided $5.7 million towards the project, with $1 million through the Renewable Hydrogen Fund. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $2.6 million of funding through its Advancing Renewables Program.
The project is being delivered by Horizon Power and Hybrid Systems Australia.