ARENA has approved up to $9.41 million in funding to help construct a plant with capacity to produce 100 tonnes per annum of hydrogen from sewage.
Hazer Group is a University of Western Australia spin-out business commercialising a process to turn methane biogas into hydrogen with nearly zero emissions. The Hazer Process also traps carbon as graphite, which the company hopes to sell as well as hydrogen to industrial customers. Iron ore is used as a catalyst.
The total project is budgeted at $15.8 million. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with WA Water Corporation for the use of biogas from sewage, and the use of a proposed project site at Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Munster. Completed construction is scheduled for December next year, and operation expected in early 2021.
“There is very significant interest in the potential for hydrogen to play an important role in the Australian economy through providing energy storage, services in grid support and resilience, in direct use as a transport fuel, and as a source of low emission heat and power,” said Hazer managing director Geoff Ward in a statement.
“The completion of the Hazer Commercial Demonstration Plant is a key step to demonstrate the robustness and value of our technology and position Hazer to capture opportunities in this important growth market.”
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