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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    The Hydrogen atom is an interesting little fella...he consists of a single Proton orbited by a single Electron, making him the lightest element in the Periodic Table, and the most abundant element in the Universe!

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    When I was in the service, we had a hydrogen generator used for filling weather balloons, and I do remember using ammonia. Stinky stuff to throw your head back.
     
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    Australia continues to lead the charge towards hydrogen-based power sources with a local company, LAVO, announcing the world’s first hydrogen-powered domestic products, including a battery that creates and stores power and can store three times as much of it as current wall batteries.
    LAVO has also developed a hydrogen bicycle and even a hydrogen barbecue with potential for EVs.

    The LAVO battery is the size of a fridge and can be hooked up to the solar panels on your roof. Inside the unit, electrolysers use the electricity generated from solar cells to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen, which is then vented, leaving the hydrogen stored for use as needed.


    An Australian city has been earmarked as a hydrogen superpower in the island continent. Gladstone in regional QLD will house a large hydrogen plant with its Gladstone Hydrogen Park to be the first in Australia to blend renewable hydrogen into an entire city gas network for residential, commercial and industrial use. The aim is for Gladstone to be a key hub for the Sunshine State and Australia's renewable hydrogen domestic and export industries.
     
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    The world’s largest hydrogen export demonstration project has reached a major milestone, with hydrogen production successfully commencing at a coal gasification and hydrogen refining facility at AGL’s Loy Yang site facility in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria State, Australia. Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project is a joint Australian/Japanese partnership converting brown coal into hydrogen gas, liquified then shipped to Japan in the world’s first, purpose-built liquified hydrogen carrier, the Suiso Frontier.

    At full scale, the project has the potential to create thousands more jobs, provide clean hydrogen that can help meet the state and Australia's future energy needs, as well as kick-start the emergence of a new, global export industry. The fast-growing hydrogen industry is expected to be worth $2.5 trillion globally by 2050 and Australia is now well placed to play a major part in it.
     
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    @Terence Eames.
    Terry you heard about the Aussie company that is claiming it has cracked the secret of extracting hydrogen from coal without producing any harmful green house gases? story in Energy & Fuel thread.
     
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