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Hydrogen

CS Energy is a project partner for a $8.5 million research and development project in Brisbane to produce hydrogen from renewable energy.

The multi-party project brings together researchers, technology developers and industry from Australia and overseas, and will evaluate the viability of producing hydrogen from renewable energy systems and processes.

CS Energy will provide $500,000 in funding support, adding to the $250,000 of support the Queensland Government announced in March this year.

The project has also received more than $3 million in financial support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) with project partners including QUT, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Energy Developments Limited, Swinburne University of Technology, Griffith University and The University of Tokyo contributing the remainder.

About the hydrogen project

The project will establish a renewable hydrogen plant at the Redlands Research Facility east of Brisbane using locally produced solar energy to extract hydrogen from non-treated drinking water, such as seawater.

A smart micro-grid using existing and new photovoltaic arrays, supplemented with commercially available batteries, is planned for the Redlands facility. By using electricity generated from renewable sources, the resulting hydrogen is known as ‘green hydrogen’.

Ian Mackinnon
The project is being led by Professor Ian Mackinnon from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments.

Potential uses of hydrogen of interest to CS Energy are renewable energy coupled with hydrogen production, and the sale of compressed hydrogen.

For more information the project, visit https://arena.gov.au/projects/qut-hydrogen-process-research-and-development/.