ATCO secures funding for hydrogen feasibility study
ATCO has been awarded $375,000 from the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Fund to conduct a feasibility study into the development of a commercial scale hydrogen production plant, which we have named the Clean Energy Innovation Park (CEIP).
Western Australian Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan, MLC announced today that ATCO is one of seven organisations from around the State to share in almost $1.7 million to conduct feasibility studies into renewable hydrogen projects.
The CEIP is intended to establish Australia’s first commercialised green hydrogen energy ecosystem, including a 10MW electrolyser and plant capable of producing up to 4.6 tonnes of hydrogen per day, along with up to three hydrogen refuelling stations.
ATCO’s Australian Managing Director Pat Creaghan said the innovative work ATCO is doing with hydrogen has the potential to build a new economy for us in Western Australia that could be implemented globally.
“This is an exciting step in the hydrogen journey for ATCO, and builds on the work we’ve already commenced at our Clean Energy Innovation Hub, which is currently the only facility in Australia generating green, or ‘clean’ hydrogen through water electrolysis,” he said.
The feasibility study, to which ATCO will contribute $125,000, will take place in the next six months, and the information from the study will be used to explore our hydrogen investment options. Should the feasibility study return positive results, our next steps will be to build and commence operation of the CEIP by March 2022.
As she made the announcement at the City of Cockburn this morning, Minister MacTiernan acknowledged ATCO, and the work we have done so far to successfully generate renewable hydrogen and test its blending into our network.
For more about ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub visit https://yourgas.com.au/energy-future/clean-energy-innovation-hub
Read the Minister’s full media statement here.