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.