Oz Moves On Hydrogen

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    Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U has confirmed its joint venture Renewable Hydrogen/Ammonia power plant is a step closer to completion with the implementation of gas turbine generators.

    The $A117.5m. project will integrate new hydrogen technologies, including a 15MW electrolyser plant, a distributed ammonia production facility, and a 10MW hydrogenfired gas turbine and 5MW hydrogen fuel cell, which will both supply power to the grid.

    A company spokesperson said "This means we can use the units to support critical loads within the Port Lincoln facility, while also contributing generation to the grid during periods of low wind or solar output. The hydrogen is also produced by the electrolysis plant on site, so we have a truly self-contained solution to firming renewable energy supply within the South Australia grid.”

    The joint Australian/German project is due for completion in 2020 and will be one of the first commercial plants to produce carbon dioxide-free green ammonia from intermittent renewable resources.


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    Update: The Germany-Australian Energy Transition Hub has reiterated its plan to turn South Australia into a world leading hydrogen exporter..in a state that is already sourcing well over 50 per cent of its electricity needs from wind and solar and which is on track to reach “net 100 per cent renewables” by 2030. The hub says this is the most economic and effective plan to provide renewable power for electricity, transport and buildings, and to build an multi billion dollar export industry.
     
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    I haven't seen any colorized titles. You can color your posts by clicking on the raindrop icon (fourth across) and choosing the color you want.
     
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    I haven't seen any colorized titles.
    Well I'll be. Many thanks @Bess Barber.
     
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    Hydrogen is the new renewable energy buzz word in my country with two huge Queensland projects to use large-scale renewables for the production of ammonia at facilities which currently rely on gas.

    One proposal is to build a 210MW solar farm (see below) in addition to a 160MW hydrogen electrolyser to produce renewable hydrogen and “green ammonia” at Dyno Nobel’s existing facilities at Moranbah.

    The second proposal is to tap into wind and solar and storage facilities to be built by Neon to use renewable hydrogen to supply one fifth of the ammonia needs from Queensland Nitrates ammonia plant near Moura.
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    Those clever people at Australia's renowned CSIRO have developed a metal membrane to extract pure hydrogen from ammonia, paving the way for a new export market.

    Hydrogen could one day power vehicles and industry around the world, but due to its low density, it is notoriously difficult to transport.CSIRO's research addresses the conversion of ammonia back to high-purity hydrogen at, or near, the point of use.

    Membranes are a thin layer of metal which allows hydrogen to pass, while blocking all other gases. By coupling membranes with a suitable catalyst for ammonia decomposition, we can efficiently extract pure hydrogen from ammonia.

    The growing global demand for clean hydrogen fuel represents a significant opportunity for the establishment of an Australian renewable hydrogen export industry.
     
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    Recent advances in solar and electrochemical technologies mean renewable hydrogen production is expected to become competitive with fossil fuel-based production, providing an opportunity to decarbonise both the energy and transport sectors while creating new export opportunities.

    In addition to its membrane technology, CSIRO is applying its expertise to all stages of the hydrogen technology chain..including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, grid management, water electrolysis, ammonia synthesis, direct ammonia utilisation via combustion and/or fuel cells, as well as hydrogen production.
    Their scientists have already developed hydrogen technology to power electric vehicles.
     
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