CS Energy is a project partner for QUT's $8.5 million Hydrogen Process Research & Development Project. 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.
The project has 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.
CS Energy is providing $500,000 in funding support, adding to the $250,000 of support from the Queensland Government.
We became involved in this project to assess future commercial opportunities for the production and use of renewable hydrogen in the energy industry. As the imperative for grid stability and fast-start technology options gather momentum, the potential for hydrogen storage technology cannot be overstated.
About the 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’.
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.
Progress to date
Construction of the pilot plant for renewable energy hydrogen production progressed in FY2020 despite COVID-19 restrictions. The building to house the pilot plant has been completed and procurement of the in-house designed hybrid micro-grid is under contract with a local Queensland company.
Delivery of key components such as electrolysers and fuel cells to complete Stage 1 of the pilot plant is expected in the first half of FY2021. Integration and commissioning of the completed pilot plant is expected early in calendar 2021.
For more information the project, visit https://arena.gov.au/projects/qut-hydrogen-process-research-and-development/.