Western Australia's renewable hydrogen industry

Renewable hydrogen is an emerging industry that will play an important part in WA’s energy future.

Hydrogen first presented as a credible alternative energy source in the early 1970s but lacked competitiveness against lower-cost fossil fuels.

With the world placing greater value on a low-emissions future, demand for clean energy sources is increasing. Hydrogen produced from renewable energy (renewable hydrogen) has significant potential to be part of this new landscape for transport, feedstock and clean energy, and is an emerging technology that will play an important part in WA’s energy future.

WA has many attributes that provide a strong competitive advantage in the growing global renewable hydrogen market including world-class renewable energy resources, vast land mass, established energy infrastructure and proud history of exporting energy to international markets.

The Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy sets out the Western Australian Government’s strategic areas of focus for the development of the hydrogen industry, including exports, remote applications, hydrogen blending in natural gas networks and transport. 

$22 million is being invested across 9 initiatives to accelerate our renewable hydrogen future and bring strategy targets forward by a decade from 2040 to 2030.

WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund - Capital Works Projects

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In September 2019, the WA Government launched a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund to drive a new job-creating industry harnessing WA's renewable resources. In August 2020, the Premier announced 3 successful capital works projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

The 3 successful capital works projects are:

Applicant Region Strategic Focus Area Capital Works Project Grant amount $million
ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd Metro Transport Hydrogen Refueller Station Project $1.0
Fortescue Hydrogen Pty Ltd Pilbara Transport and Remote applications Christmas Creek Renewable Hydrogen Mobility Project $2.0
Horizon Power Gascoyne Remote applications Denham Hydrogen Microgrid Demonstration Project $1.0

WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund - Feasibility Studies

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In September 2019, the WA Government launched a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund to drive a new job-creating industry harnessing WA's renewable resources. In January 2020, the WA Government announced 7 successful feasibility studies under the WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund: 

The 7 successful feasibility studies are: 

Applicant Region Strategic Focus Area Feasibility Study Grant amount
$million
ATCO Australia Pty Ltd Great Southern or Wheatbelt Transport and Blending in natural gas networks Clean Energy Innovation Park Feasibility study for a 10 MW electrolysis hydrogen production plant. $0.375
City of Cockburn Metro Transport Green Hydrogen for City of Cockburn Feasibility study for solar hydrogen production for waste collection and light vehicle fleets. The study also examines cogeneration opportunities for electricity and heat production. $0.149
DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd Pilbara, Mid West, Metro and Peel Blending in natural gas networks Preparing the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline for Hydrogen Feasibility study examining the compatibility of the transmission pipeline with blended hydrogen includes preparing a roadmap for the development of regulations for hydrogen blended gas in WA. $0.216
Energy Developments Limited Goldfields-Esperance and Kimberley Remote applications Hyer Penetration - EDL Hydrogen Enabled Hybrid Renewables Feasibility study for the integration of renewable hydrogen production with isolated power stations. $0.243
Hazer Group Limited Peel Transport Renewable Hydrogen Transport Hub in the City of Mandurah Feasibility study for a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure hub and associated transport applications. $0.250
Murdoch University Pilbara Remote applications Hybrid PV-Battery-Hydrogen System for Microgrids Feasibility study for 100% renewable energy standalone power system for an indigenous community in the Pilbara. Study includes development of a new modelling tool to optimise design. $0.075
Pacific Hydro Australia Developments Pty Ltd Kimberley Export, Transport and Remote applications Ord Hydrogen Feasibility study for hydrogen production facility near Kununurra utilising existing hydro generation. $0.370
      Totals (GST exc) $1.678

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Page reviewed 13 January 2021