Secured site for a Tasmanian green hydrogen facility, to power a trial hydrogen bus

ASX-listed ReNu Energy says it has secured a site for a green hydrogen production facility in Tasmania as the company seeks to establish itself as an early leader in the supply of zero gas emission.

In a statement to the ASX, ReNu Energy said it had secured access to land in Brighton, north of Hobart, next to Brighton Transport Hub. ReNu Energy is developing the project through its subsidiary, Countrywide Renewables Hydrogen (CRH).

The company says the South Tasmania Green Hydrogen project will involve the commissioning of 1-2 MW of electrolyser capacity, capable of producing between 430 and 900 kg of hydrogen per day.

The hydrogen will be produced from renewable electricity supplies, with the company also exploring the potential of an on-site behind-the-meter solar installation to supply emission-free power directly to the project.

The zero-emission gas will be made available for blending into Tasmania’s gas network or to supply transport or industrial energy users.

ReNu says the project is expected to be operational in early 2024, with the potential to supply hydrogen to buses and trucks and directly to industrial energy users.

In May, the Tasmanian government announced it would trial three hydrogen buses as part of Hobart’s public transport fleet. At the time, state energy minister Guy Barnett called on potential suppliers to express interest in participating in the three-year trial.

ReNu Energy hopes the project can serve as a stepping stone to much larger development in the Bell Bay industrial area, where it plans to build a 5-10 MW hydrogen electrolyser for use in manufacturing.

“With all the capabilities this project can provide, companies can gain access to a zero-emissions alternative for supply chain logistics,” said ReNu Energy CEO Greg Watson.

“The project completes advanced discussions with potential buyers and partners to advance the planned 5-10 MW green hydrogen project in Tasmania located in the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Area.”

CRH chief executive Geoffrey Drucker said the project will help demonstrate the feasibility of zero-emission transport and help the Tasmanian state government maintain the state’s status as a zero-emissions jurisdiction. net emission.

“CRH shares the Tasmanian government’s vision of a state powered entirely by renewable energy. Tasmania is uniquely positioned to lead the world in transforming energy systems and producing hydrogen for a wide range of uses,” Drucker said.

“CRH is in advanced discussions with Tas Gas to incorporate hydrogen into the Hobart grid to decarbonize its natural gas and supply hydrogen to industries around Brighton, either in a natural gas blend or as 100% hydrogen, a first for Australia.”

Drucker added that pursuing the project at an early stage in Brighton could see CRH establish itself as a leader in supplying renewable hydrogen to industrial energy users in Tasmania.

The Brighton Hydrogen Project could prove to be the first driver for the commercial production of green hydrogen by electrolysis in Tasmania,” Drucker added.

“The associated gas blending and road transport trials will help raise public awareness and acceptance of hydrogen, while proven production should attract other end-use applications to improve emission reduction priorities. in the state.”

“The project will create local jobs and can support the provision of highly skilled personnel to serve the fuel cell electric vehicle and gas sectors, as well as hydrogen storage, transport and handling.

Shares of ReNu Energy jumped 38% during Friday’s session after the announcement.

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