Clean Energy Innovation Park
ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Park (CEIP) will establish Australia’s first commercial scale green hydrogen supply chain, including a 10MW electrolyser capable of producing up to 4.3 tonnes of hydrogen per day, along with storage and delivery to the gas network injection points.
The CEIP is planned to be co-located with the 180MW Warradarge Wind Farm in Western Australia’s Mid-West, which will provide the renewable energy to power the electrolyser. Hydrogen generated will then be transported via truck to gas network injection points.
ATCO, along with partner Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) are working towards a Final Investment Decision (FID) in February 2022.
A feasibility study was conducted into this project in 2020, supported by funds from the Western Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund.
Capacity: 10MW electrolyser to generate up to 4.3 tonnes of hydrogen per day
Location: Co-located with Warradarge Wind Farm in WA
FID: Estimated February 2022
Construction commencement: Mid 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Using renewable energy from the Warradarge Wind Farm the Clean Energy Innovation Park will use an electrolyser to split water (H20) into hydrogen and oxygen, then store the hydrogen for delivery to offtake points.
How is it zero emission?
Hydrogen, by its nature, is emission free, and in using zero-emission, renewable energy to power the electrolyser to generate the hydrogen, means there are no emissions associated in the creation, or use of this energy source. Hydrogen generated in this way is called renewable, or ‘green’ hydrogen. When burned, hydrogen produces heat and water vapour.
What will the hydrogen be used for?
The plan is to use the renewable hydrogen generated by the CEIP to blend into the WA gas network, as part of ATCO’s and the State’s decarbonisation plans. There is also potential for other uses, including transport, which we’re investigating and developing now.
What difference will that make to users of natural gas in the WA gas distribution network?
The CEIP is first major milestone in delivering secure, reliable and affordable renewable fuel to gas consumers. This critical first step is fundamental to setting out the pathway to 100% decarbonisation of the gas network whilst supporting other sectors, such as transport and industrial mining.
How many jobs will be created by this project?
It is estimated 150 jobs will be supported in the design and construction phase, with 15 required on an ongoing basis.
What will be the impact on the local community?
The CEIP will be located on private land, amongst the Warradarge Wind Farm’s turbines. It will not be easily seen from the road and doesn’t cause any noise pollution.
Once commissioned, the CEIP will require only two trucks to deliver the hydrogen which will leave site and return back to base within a 24 hour period.
Where will the water come from?
Water for the electrolyser will be provided by an existing water bore on the site. The water is sourced from a local aquifer with quality suitable for the electrolysis process.
Is it safe?
Yes. As with natural gas, hydrogen can be produced, transported, stored and used safely. Just like natural gas, it must be treated with respect and with the proper care and handling.
Hydrogen has been used in many applications around the world for years, including originally being a high percentage of the blend of gas into Western Australia’s natural gas network (before natural gas was used, and when gas was known as ‘town gas’).
At ATCO, safety is always the first and top priority in everything we do. We care deeply about our people and our customers and ensure the safe operations of all our projects. Our experts, and the appropriate regulatory authorities will conduct numerous inspections and testing of the infrastructure to ensure safety.