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New findings from Australia’s first hydrogen microgrid

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The WA Government has released a public knowledge sharing report on the Denham Renewable Hydrogen Microgrid, the first of its kind in Australia.

The project, which is now fully operational, includes a 704KW solar farm, 348KW hydrogen electrolyser and a 100KW fuel cell located in Denham.

The public knowledge sharing report released today will help to advance learnings in technology, costs, regulatory requirements, as well as the knowledge around using hydrogen as a fuel source.

It will also be used to determine how hydrogen technology can be applied in other remote microgrids.

The project was funded by the WA Government, including through the Renewable Hydrogen Fund and Horizon Power, and ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program.

WA Premier Roger Cook said hydrogen will play an important role in a clean energy future.

“This innovative project helps to reduce our reliance on diesel in remote areas, delivering cleaner, affordable and reliable power for Denham,” Cook said.

“The knowledge we’ve gained through this pilot project will help to guide future remote uses of renewable hydrogen across WA and the rest of the nation.”

Acting Energy Minister Dr Tony Buti said the report confirms the potential of hydrogen as coal-fired power continues to wind down.

“As we retire State-owned coal-fired power and embrace renewable energy, hydrogen could play a key role in powering our State while creating jobs and business opportunities through new export markets,” Buti said.

“By displacing diesel with hydrogen in Denham, our Government has also demonstrated how this technology could specifically benefit regional communities that are connected to microgrids.”

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