Southern Green Gas has achieved what it believes to be a world’s first – renewable hydrogen produced with sustainably sourced water. This has been demonstrated on the campus at University of Newcastle and announced at the Australian Hydrogen Forum.
Using technology developed by Professor Moghtaderi’s Group at the University of Newcastle, water is extracted from atmospheric air. This becomes a critical feature as the expected location of hydrogen production is in high solar but arid regional areas of Australia. This issue was highlighted in a recent study by Jacobs.
This milestone is a key step for Southern Green Gas as it seeks to realise its business plan to develop renewable methane. Being fungible with natural gas and carbon neutral, renewable methane is a ground-breaking product that could create a completely new industry – seaborne renewable energy.
A copy of the presentation to the Australian Hydrogen Forum is provided below.
Equipment for the renewable hydrogen module, sourced from local and international partners, is installed at the pilot location and commissioning is now underway.
The latest news on Southern Green Gas and the progress of the pilot will be at the Australian Hydrogen Forum, 18-20 September, Sydney. Rohan Gillespie, Managing Director, will be speaking on Day 2 about the pilot progress and successes. Come along to the morning Q&A session on the 19 September to hear the latest news. Find the program here.
Southern Green Gas and Enapter, an international manufacturer of modular hydrogen generators, announce their partnership to jointly develop solar powerfuels in Australia.
Joint Press Release
Southern Green Gas and Enapter have announced a partnership to jointly drive the development of solar powerfuels in Australia, calling time on fossil fuel-based energy generation. Solar powerfuels are synthetic, gaseous or liquid fuels produced from renewable energy sources. They are the missing link to bring renewable energy to the heating, transport and industry sector for domestic and export use.
Southern Green Gas proposes to showcase its solar powerfuel at the demonstration project in southern Queensland. The project will comprise solar electricity to power an Enapter EL 2.0 that splits water into its component gases, hydrogen and oxygen. The green hydrogen is then combined with carbon dioxide extracted directly from the air to create renewable methane.
“Solar is an incredible success story in Australia and globally”, said Rohan Gillespie, Managing Director of Southern Green Gas. In Australia, solar irradiation levels are amongst the highest in the world. “We now have the technology to capture solar energy in the form of 100% sustainable methane gas which is more easily stored and distributed than electricity”. Southern Green Gas assessed all the available suppliers of electrolysers globally. “We have been scanning the market for a suitable partner and are convinced that Enapter’s solution is a perfect fit for our approach”, Gillespie stated.
“We are very excited about this partnership”, stated Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, Chairman of Enapter. “The scale of the project allows us to reduce prices for our hydrogen electrolysers to extremely compelling levels. Ultimately this solution could create a major export market, and ultimately allow Australia to become self-sufficient in transport fuels”.
The partnership was announced just days after the Energy Networks Australia released a report confirming that injection of hydrogen into the gas distribution network can be done under current gas legislation providing confidence for investors and businesses in the space.
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Enapter manufactures highly efficient, modular hydrogen generators using Anion Exchange Membrane electrolysis. Its core technology has a 10-year proven track record. It is the foundation for the unique low-cost, compact electrolyser. The EL 2.0 is fully stackable and easy to integrate with the Energy Management System. Enapter systems are used internationally in industries like telecommunications, mobility, energy. The team combines electrochemical and IT expertise to drive the Hydrogen Economy in hardware and software. Enapter has offices in Berlin, Pisa, Bangkok and St Petersburg.
Commenting on the EnergyQuest prediction of a critical gas shortage for Eastern Australia due to declining production from Bass Strait fields in the south and coal seam gas fields in the north, Southern Green Gas’s Rohan Gillespie talks of his company’s role in the emerging hydrogen economy and their aim to have price parity with fossil based natural gas by 2025.
Respected energy consultant EnergyQuest is forecasting a critical gas shortage due to declining production from both the Bass Strait fields in the south and the coal seam gas fields in the north. “The east coast faces a double whammy of insufficient gas in both the north and south” EnergyQuest Chief Executive, Dr Graeme Bethune, warns.
A report titled East Coast Gas Outlook to 2036 states an urgent need for LNG import projects in both Melbourne and Sydney to counter the risks of a growing gas shortages.
Commenting on the report, Southern Green Gas’ Rohan Gillespie stated; “We started our business targeting renewable energy markets, especially the emerging hydrogen economy, for domestic markets and as a way to export Australia’s sunshine. With this release, Southern Green Gas sees a major market in Australia just to supply existing gas markets. We now have an aim to be price parity with fossil based natural gas by 2025 – just to in time to address this predicted shortfall.”
Read the full report: www.energyquest.com.au/reports
Managing director Rohan Gillespie speaks to Beyond Zero radio about the launch of Southern Green Gas and its renewable methane project to make hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.
Southern Green Gas are planning renewable methane projects to make hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.
The recent partnership with APA Group is key to unlocking this opportunity. APA Group own and operate 15,000km of natural gas pipelines in Australia and existing gas transport infrastructure will get the fuel to customers.
“We’ve got access to all of Australia plus 40 countries globally” Rohan explains.
“Australia’s great and unique position is that we have fantastic sunlight and we’ve also got an LNG export industry. So not only is this brilliant for Australia, because it could displace diesel and petrol imports (we import about $30 billion of those fuels each year), this could also be a very significant export market”.
Many of Australia’s trading partners are at the forefront of introducing alternative fuels and have a mandate to reach renewable energy targets by 2030.
When asked about the limitation on this technology, Rohan said “There really are no bounds on how much we can produce because we have so much flat land, in high sunlight areas, near gas pipelines.”
Listen to the full interview.
Southern Green Gas is developing renewable methane projects in Australia for domestic and export markets. Renewable methane, which can easily be converted to hydrogen at a customer’s site, is the preferred means to transport renewable hydrogen. It is potentially the lowest cost and can be delivered quickly to market.
The electric car is here to stay. Now that some countries are committing to phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2040, the fuel for these cars must be renewable to cut global emissions and improve urban air quality.
The preferred transport fuel for electric cars is hydrogen because it gives long distance driving range and is fast filling. However, historically the process of extracting or producing hydrogen from other sources has been costly and energy intensive. In addition, most hydrogen currently produced is from fossil fuels.
Until now, there has been no cost-effective way of making hydrogen renewable.
Southern Green Gas is developing renewable methane projects in Australia for domestic and export markets. Renewable methane, which can easily be converted into hydrogen at a customer’s site, is the preferred means to transport renewable hydrogen. It is potentially the lowest cost and can be delivered quickly to market because it uses the existing natural gas pipeline and shipping system.
Southern Green Gas’ low-cost approach for creating renewable methane involves three key sustainable features. Firstly, the energy source is Australia’s sunshine. Secondly, carbon dioxide is extracted from the air, balancing emissions when the fuel is used and making it carbon neutral. And thirdly, water is sourced from moisture in the air, avoiding any impacts on groundwater or surface water courses. The process is protected by patent applications.
As noted Southern Green Gas and the APA Group, Australia’s largest pipeline owner, announced a joint development agreement to work on renewable methane projects. As part of this, a demonstration plant will be built on APA’s land at Wallumbilla, near Roma in Queensland, starting in early 2019. APA has a compressor station on the site which will allow methane gas from the project to be injected into the gas pipeline system.
“The huge benefit of transporting renewable hydrogen in the form of methane is that APA’s existing natural gas pipeline system can be used to supply customers in Australia, and LNG ships will get our gas to 40 countries globally,” said Rohan Gillespie, Managing Director of Southern Green Gas.
“Southern Green Gas aims to make renewable hydrogen at a competitive cost to petrol and diesel. And because it is renewable, there are no greenhouse gas emissions.
“With renewable methane having the properties of natural gas this fuel could also power households and industry as well as cars.”
Mr Gillespie added that the availability of renewable fuels at competitive prices could make Australia self-sufficient in transport fuels and open export possibilities with trading partners such as Korea and Japan. “These countries are encouraging hydrogen use and also have renewable targets - but they only have limited sources of renewable energy,” he said.
We are currently seeking crowd-funding so we can start immediately on the first phase of the demonstration plant.”
For further information please contact Rohan Gillespie on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438 722 443.
Southern Green Gas announces that it has entered into a joint Development Agreement with APA Group to work together to develop renewable methane projects. APA’s role is to build-own-operate the infrastructure assets associated with projects. Southern Green Gas’ role is project developer and seller of methane gas. The demonstration project is to be sited on APA land in Queensland.
Southern Green Gas (the Company) is pleased to announce the Company has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with APA Group (APA). The agreement requires the parties to work together to develop renewable methane projects. APA’s proposed role is to build-own-operate the infrastructure assets associated with the projects. Southern Green Gas’ role is project developer and seller of the methane gas.
Renewable methane can be made by using electrolysis to produce hydrogen using solar energy. Carbon is extracted directly from the air. The hydrogen and carbon are then combined to produce methane. The carbon extracted balances the carbon emitted when the methane is used, therefore making the methane both renewable and carbon neutral.
The parties will initially work on a demonstration project, to be sited on APA’s land at Wallumbilla, near Roma in Queensland. On the site is located one of APA’s compressor stations, which will allow methane gas from the project to be injected into the gas pipeline system.
Subject to the outcome from the demonstration project and, ultimately, the signing up of customers for the end product, the parties intend to jointly develop a world scale renewable methane project.
The agreement is non-binding and requires the parties to negotiate in good faith and use reasonable endeavours to conclude binding agreements.
Commenting on the agreement, Southern Green Gas’ Managing Director Rohan Gillespie stated: “The reason we have chosen methane as the carrier for renewable energy and especially renewable hydrogen is the ability to utilise the existing gas infrastructure system. The existing gas pipeline network allows us to access customers here in Australia, as well as export customers through the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) system. APA, being the owner and operator of over 15,000 kilometres of high pressure gas pipelines in Australia, is the logical partner for Southern Green Gas. APA has already expanded into renewable energy generation from wind and solar, which is important as the majority of the renewable methane projects will be solar farms. We are delighted to be partnering with them.”