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.
Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap
WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund - Capital Works ProjectsShow more
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 StudiesShow more
The 7 successful feasibility studies are:
|Applicant||Region||Strategic Focus Area||Feasibility Study||Grant amount
|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|