Southern Green Gas and partners successfully demonstrate new technology aimed at cementing the role of renewable gas in zero emission mobility
April 7, 2021, Sydney, Australia: Renewable energy technology company, Southern Green Gas, successfully launched its hydrogen generation technology today with partners, showcasing the potential of Australian-produced renewable fuels to power the world's zero emissions mobility sector.
Southern Green Gas is pioneering world-first technology aimed at creating carbon-neutral energy from Australian R&D and its natural resources – the sun and fresh air.
At the heart of the company’s technology is the ability to extract water and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to create fuels that are not only sustainable, but can be transported in existing gas pipeline infrastructure.
A key component of Southern Green Gas’ technology portfolio is atmospheric water generation. This technology has been developed in partnership with the University of Newcastle and will be trialled through a joint demonstration project with leading energy infrastructure company, APA Group.
Today’s event held at Hyundai Australia’s hydrogen refuelling station in Sydney saw Southern Green Gas and the University of Newcastle deliver a real-life technology demonstration refuelling Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell SUV, the NEXO with hydrogen generated by the new technology.
The market for Australian renewable gas is a global one with an emerging opportunity to develop a renewable LNG supply chain targeting global markets. This carbon neutral natural gas can then be used for power generation or reformed back to hydrogen to serve the energy needs of battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
“Renewable methane has enormous potential to decarbonise the global mobility sector. We believe this technology represents an important pathway in achieving zero emissions driving worldwide and we are excited to work with our technology partners to make this vision a reality,” stated Rohan Gillespie, Managing Director of Southern Green Gas.
“Australia is looking to the Hunter to help kickstart the nation’s hydrogen economy. The University of Newcastle is ideally placed to leverage regional cooperation across industry, infrastructure and government. This project, demonstrating green hydrogen on our roads for the first time, is a potent example of this region-wide approach translating into real-world results,” said University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky.
“We’ve worked with Southern Green Gas to develop the ability to manufacture green hydrogen at a lab scale, the results of which we’re seeing demonstrated here today in the Hyundai hydrogen vehicle. Seeing this fuel hit the roads is a proud moment for my team, who have worked to perfect it over several years. We’re now looking forward to scaling this technology, working with Southern Green Gas toward commercial rollout and a wide range of possible applications,” said Professor Behdad Moghtaderi of the University of Newcastle.
Southern Green Gas is supported by its technology partners – specialty gas supplier, Coregas, electrolyster manufacturer, Enapter and Haskel’s Hydrogen Systems Group, a division of Haskel that supports global refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen mobility.
“Coregas is delighted to work with Southern Green Gas and the University of Newcastle to progress the pursuit for zero emissions in the mobility sector. These endeavours support Coregas’ expertise in compression, distribution and transport of hydrogen. Coregas is actively supporting innovations that will drive a clean energy future for Australia and is proud to be working with local players achieving significant milestones towards a cleaner energy future,” said Alan Watkins, Executive General Manager of Coregas.
“Enapter is a pioneer of hydrogen generated from electrolysis, producing the first standardised scalable electrolyser product for replacing fossil fuels with green hydrogen. By partnering with Southern Green Gas and the University of Newcastle, our technology has formed the backbone of this industry first, providing a scalable pathway towards zero-emission fuels for mobility markets,” said Sebastian-Justus Schmitt, CEO of Enapter.
“Haskel is a global leader in high-pressure liquid and gas transfer and compression technology. Our team understands the current barriers to hydrogen mobility adoption among consumers and we’re dedicated to helping the market overcome them. Hydrogen and renewable methane present real opportunities to transition the emissions intensive transport sector faster, and we are pleased to support Southern Green Gas and the University of Newcastle to provide a clear pathway to get there,” said Darran Heath, Haskel’s Global General Manager – Hydrogen.
The project is kindly supported by ARENA and the NSW Government.
Southern Green Gas welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Legislative Council’s Inquiry into the Development of a Hydrogen Industry in New South Wales. A copy of our submission can be found below.
To support the development of the NSW hydrogen industry, we strongly recommend governments, both current and future, pursue the following actions:
Importantly, NSW has a significant opportunity to participate in the accelerating global hydrogen sector, however the state’s current hydrogen production and storage presence is minimal and would require sizeable public and private investment to build the infrastructure required for an export scale industry.
To capitalise upon the hydrogen opportunity while minimising investment, NSW should be exploring hydrogen derivatives, like renewable methane, which already have pre-existing supply chains in place and can be exported worldwide today without the need to develop new value chains, such as those required for liquid hydrogen.
Our submission urges parliamentarians to develop a dedicated plan to act upon the renewable methane opportunity as a complement and enabler of the hydrogen economy.
We look forward to continuing to work with the NSW Government on the development of this important sector for the state.
Southern Green Gas is delighted to be the newest member of the world’s leading carbon capture and storage think tank the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.
As we pioneer world leading direct air capture technology in Australia, we are excited to work with the Institute and its members to accelerate the global CCS industry.
We look forward to sharing some of our technology developments in this space very soon and doing our bit to create a negative emissions sector for Australia.
As another year draws to a close, there is no more opportune time for some self-reflection. And reflecting upon this year, we can safely say, it was a year like no other.
Without question, 2020 was a challenging one in so many ways as the world faced an unprecedented crisis grappling with a pandemic that has changed our lives in innumerable ways. Yet, in the midst of this battle, which we are still enduring in many parts of the world, a turning point has taken place. There has been a realisation that we need to get the world back on a more sustainable footing.
Governments worldwide now focused on revitalising their economies, are in turn, placing clean energy at the forefront of their approaches with the intent to create a brighter future for all.
This year saw some significant milestones in the advancement of the world’s growing climate focus. Japan and South Korea announced they will be carbon neutral by 2050, China signalled 25% of energy consumption will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030, and the UK, France, and Sweden declared they would end international financial support for fossil fuels just to name a few.
On the corporate side, we saw Microsoft commit to being carbon negative by 2030, BP announced it will cut it fossil fuels output by 40% by 2030, and closer to home, Macquarie Bank confirmed it’s aligning its portfolio to meet net zero emissions by 2040.
In this context, Southern Green Gas is pioneering our technological approach to decarbonisation during an unprecedented time.
The shift in perception to the reality of the climate emergency is creating exciting opportunities for the business as we work towards establishing cleaner global energy supply chains, and developing a new approach to capturing, using and storing CO2 directly from the atmosphere.
This year has therefore certainly been a busy one for the Southern Green Gas team and a highly productive one too as the business continues to raise the profile of our technology as a solution to the climate dilemma.
We’re pleased to share some of our key highlights of 2020 below.
ARENA backed our first demonstration project
May saw the announcement that Australian Government grant agency, ARENA would contribute $1.1 million to our renewable methane production demonstration plant with APA Group.
To be based at APA’s Wallumbilla Gas hub in Queensland, the project will produce hydrogen from solar energy and water, and then converted to methane using CO2 extracted from the air to be injected into existing gas infrastructure.
Through the project, we aim to be the first to market with exportable renewable energy, and thereby accelerate a global trade in renewables.
ARENA’s backing for the project was testament to our vision for a renewable LNG sector and we were thrilled our technology was recognised by the Australian Government at such an early stage of the company’s life.
Our R&D partner successfully proved a key piece of our technology portfolio
September saw one of our key technologies successfully validated by our R&D partner, University of Newcastle. In an industry first, the system combines solar energy with water harvested from air to manufacture low-cost green hydrogen.
Led by University of Newcastle Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, the technique overcomes some of the challenges limiting domestic production and availability of hydrogen fuel.
Known as the Hydro Harvester, the innovation is a central part of Southern Green Gas’ technology portfolio enabling us to make renewable fuels, such as green methane in a truly sustainable way.
The technology will feature as core part of our pilot project with APA set to go into operation in 2021.
We completed a successful capital raise
In October we announced we had completed an equity capital raise to accelerate the development of our technology portfolio.
Leading venture capital investors Artesian Venture Partners and Victorian Clean Technology Fund participated in the capital raise which will advance our product and market development activities.
The investment by Artesian and VCTF further supports the confidence we have in our technology and business model, and our ambition to create a market for renewable fuels in Australia and beyond.
We held the first of our webinar series
As a part of an emerging sector, being an educator on the energy transition is an important part of what we do as a business. So, in November we kicked off the first of our webinar series with a focus on the global opportunity to decarbonise natural gas through renewable methane.
We were delighted to be joined by a range of international and local speakers including our project and technology partners APA Group and Enapter.
We had an excellent response to the event with attendees from around the world eager to learn more about the role of renewable methane in the energy transition.
So all in all, albeit a challenging year, it was a significant one for Southern Green Gas.
2021 will see us pursue additional demonstration projects, targeting a pilot tapping into the growing negative emissions marketplace, conduct another capital raise to accelerate our business growth and continue to secure partnerships with organisations from across the global energy supply chain.
We also look forward to hosting a demonstration event to showcase our hydrogen generated by water captured from the air to refuel a Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in early 2021.
Finally, we would like to thank our partners, investors, supporters, friends and family for all of your support.
We very much look forward to an even bigger year in 2021!
Southern Green Gas was thrilled to host its first webinar this week with a range of industry speakers discussing the important topic of the decarbonisation of the gas sector through renewable methane.
We were delighted to be joined by both local and international speakers providing their perspectives of the projects, technologies, business models and government support that will be needed to enable this exciting new sector in Australia and around the world.
A big thank you to our panellist, including Jim Snow of Oakley Greenwood, Hannah McCaughey of APA Group, Dr Frank Graf of the DVGW Research Center, Thomas Chrometzka of Enapter and Southern Green Gas' own Rohan Gillespie.
A recording of the webinar and panellist presentations can be found at the links below.
We look forward to sharing details of our next webinar in February 2021, this time focused on the potential of negative emissions technologies as Australia's next export opportunity. Stay tuned for updates.
Southern Green Gas joins two leading industry associations as we advance the marketplace for renewable gas
Southern Green Gas is on a mission to raise the profile of renewable fuels and cement their role in the energy transition. We recognise that educating stakeholders across government, industry, civil society and the community is an important first step in the journey towards realising the potential of these carbon neutral energy products.
Knowledge sharing forms a key part of our stakeholder engagement strategy as we pursue our manufacturing and energy generation business model. To learn more about this and the markets we are targeting, see our latest infographic, available for download below.
Southern Green Gas receives backing from leading venture capital groups towards breakthrough technology for hydrogen export
Leading venture capital investors Artesian Venture Partners (Artesian) and Victorian Clean Technology Fund (VCTF) participated in the capital raise which will advance Southern Green Gas’ product and market development activities as it looks to scale renewable methane and methanol production in Australia.
Artesian is Australia's largest and most active early stage venture capital firm. Through its Clean Energy Seed Fund, Artesian, in collaboration with government owned green bank, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, are investing in novel clean technology companies, with Southern Green Gas the latest addition to its portfolio.
“Artesian is delighted to support a homegrown renewable gas technology. Southern Green Gas is forging the way towards a new export opportunity for Australia.”
VCTF, which similarly targets clean technology enterprises, aims to commercialise solutions that address significant environmental and resource issues such as greenhouse gas emissions. The support for Southern Green Gas aligns with their investment mandate.
VCTF Chair, Joseph Younane, states that “Southern Green Gas is one of the key initiatives in exploring the challenges of creating new fuel sources from renewable energy. VCTF is pleased to be involved in supporting this promising technology and the team behind it.”
Southern Green Gas Managing Director, Rohan Gillespie said: “The investment by Artesian and VCTF further supports the confidence Southern Green Gas has in its technology, which leverages existing infrastructure to deliver clean fuels for use domestically and for export.”
Southern Green Gas’ expansion of its activities come at an important point for the advancement of clean energy in Australia and hydrogen in particular, with governments at all levels prioritising the development of a hydrogen industry aiming to create a new export commodity.
As the most effective hydrogen carrier, renewable methane presents an enormous opportunity for Australia to reach its national objective to be a top three supplier of hydrogen into Asian markets by 2030 and realise its economic stretch target - “H2 under 2” or hydrogen under $2 per kilogram.
By 2050, it is anticipated that the Australian hydrogen industry could create around 7,600 new jobs and up to $11 billion a year in additional Gross Domestic Product.