The Western Australian Government has allocated $1.68 million of funding to seven renewable hydrogen feasibility studies across the state which will support job creation in the industry.

The studies, funded through the government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund, include examining creating solar hydrogen for waste collection and light vehicle fleets in Cockburn, a hydrogen refuelling hub in Mandurah and the potential for an electrolysis hydrogen production plant in the Great Southern or Wheatbelt region.

Other proposals include a standalone power system for an indigenous community in the Pilbara using 100 per cent renewable energy; a hydrogen production facility near Kununurra using existing hydro generation; examining the compatibility of the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas transmission pipeline with blended hydrogen and looking at the integration of renewable hydrogen with isolated power stations.

Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “Western Australia needs to explore how we can produce, use and provide energy to our international partners through clean and reliable sources – renewable energy via hydrogen provides a means to do this.

“This feasibility studies will facilitate significant private sector investment and leverage financial support for a job-creating renewable hydrogen industry in WA.

“We received 19 feasibility study applications of which seven have been selected: confirming there is strong interest in developing a renewable hydrogen industry in WA.

“The projects being investigated have the potential to create new jobs, skills and training opportunities – particularly in regional Western Australia.”

The Renewable Hydrogen Fund is a key part of the government’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy which aims to position WA as a major producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen.

The seven studies align with the strategy’s four strategic focus areas of export, remote applications, blending in natural gas networks and transport.

Project applications through the fund’s project funding stream have closed and will be announced in coming months.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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