Nel awarded contract for Australia’s first hydrogen microgrid

Nel Hydrogen Electrolysers, a division of Nel ASA, has been awarded a contract for the first power-to-gas (P2G) project in Australia.

ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub (CEIH), located in Jandakot in Western Australia, will be used to trial the production, storage and use of renewable hydrogen to energise a commercial-scale microgrid, testing the use of hydrogen in different settings and applications including in household appliances.

It will produce green hydrogen made from electrolysis and inject the hydrogen into the microgrid system at the facility.

“We are very pleased being awarded this contract to deliver our latest PEM electrolyser technology for the first P2G project in Australia,” Nel CEO Jon André Løkke said.

“We believe this can represent an important new market for this technology.

“The project will show how hydrogen can play a key role in helping to decarbonise our planet.

“This will further highlight the P2G readiness of our electrolyser technology gained from more than 3500 systems sold including more than 20 P2G projects in different parts of the world.”

The project received $1.5 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in July.

It is expected to be fully operational during 2019, and the parties has decided not to disclose the total value of the contract