Renewable hydrogen used in local gas supply for the first time
First high-speed renewable hydrogen refuelling station in WA opens
McGowan Government meets all four 2022 targets set out in the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy
Hundreds of delegates and speakers from across the country and the world arrive in Perth ahead of Australian Hydrogen Conference
Western Australia has hit another key milestone in the renewable hydrogen race, with renewable hydrogen blended into the natural gas network for the first time and the State's first high-speed hydrogen refueller officially open.
The milestones mean Western Australia has reached all four 2022 targets set out in the State's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.
Natural gas company ATCO has begun blending a small percentage of renewable hydrogen into a portion of the natural gas distribution network within the City of Cockburn.
The project is one of the largest of its kind in Australia, and is expected to reach more than 2,700 businesses and households.
It is the first time in WA that renewable hydrogen has been used in the natural gas supply.
ATCO plans to increase and test blend percentages from two per cent to working towards up to 10 per cent.
ATCO and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) also opened WA's first renewable hydrogen refuelling station. The station can fill hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, such as the Toyota Mirai, with renewable hydrogen in five minutes. The Toyota Mirai can travel up to 500 kilometres on a full tank, emissions free.
The station will be used by ATCO and FFI to refuel their fleet of Toyota Mirai, as well as agreed third parties such as WA Police.
The station and blending project will use renewable hydrogen produced onsite in Jandakot at ATCO's Clean Energy Innovation Hub from renewable electricity through electrolysis.
The McGowan Government has invested in both projects, contributing $1.97 million towards the Hydrogen Blending Project and $1 million to the hydrogen refuelling station.
In total, the McGowan Government has committed $162.5 million to support the development of the renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia following the release of the Renewable Hydrogen Strategy in 2019.
The strategy set out four clear targets for completion in 2022 - a refuelling facility available in WA, distribution of hydrogen into the gas network, use of hydrogen in a remote location, and approval of an export project.
The milestones mean the McGowan Government has hit all four 2022 targets on time, following the commissioning of the Denham hydrogen plant in October and the commencement of construction on the joint Yara/ENGIE Yuri project in the Pilbara.
The announcement comes ahead of the Australian Hydrogen Conference on 6-7 December, which brings together the sector's energy leaders to help shape the future of this rapidly expanding sector not only in Western Australia but also across the nation and overseas.
More than 800 delegates and speakers are expected to attend.