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Surplus renewable energy could soon be converted to hydrogen and injected into Australia’s gas networks to help decarbonise the nation’s gas supply. Funded in part by a $4.9 million grant from the South Australian Government, a trial is planned which would see small concentrations of hydrogen injected into Adelaide’s gas distribution network owned by Australian Gas Networks. AGA welcomes this initiative and sees it as a very positive step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This trial been supported by the Future Fuels CRC which has initiated and funded a research project to establish the maximum concentration of hydrogen blended with natural gas that existing domestic and commercial gas appliances can tolerate.
The first stage of this project is to establish whether gas appliances such as domestic cookers, water heaters, space heaters, ducted air heaters, barbecues and commercial catering appliances can tolerate 10% hydrogen blended with the natural gas supply. We are delighted to announce that following a call for open tenders, Future Fuels CRC has awarded the contract to AGA. Laboratory testing is expected to commence in the near future at AGA’s hi-tech gas appliance testing centre located in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.
AGA will be working closely with the key stakeholders in the Future Fuels CRC to ensure a safe and successful trial for the benefit of our industry and the Australian community.
The SA Office of the Technical Regulator has announced that as of 1st April 2019 it will formally recognise the Gas Equipment Certification Scheme “The Rules” Version 2.0 as published on the Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC) website and dated 13 June 2018 found here.
This measure compliments the positions of the gas safety regulatory authorities in Victoria and Tasmania whereby all new (gas product) certifications issued after 1st January 2019 must comply with the Gas Equipment Certification Scheme “The Rules” Version 2.0, and existing certifications issued prior to 1st January 2019 will be required to comply with “The Rules” no later than 1st January 2020.
Should you have any questions about “The Rules” please contact your AGA Client Manager who will be pleased to assist.
There has been considerable activity in the hydrogen space and Standards development will play an important role in helping us realise the benefits of hydrogen and developing appropriate safety protocols.
Accordingly, Standards Australia is currently constituting Technical Committee ME-093 Hydrogen Technologies which will be charged with the responsibility of developing Standards for hydrogen utilisation.
AGA has accepted an invitation from Standard’s Australia to nominate a representative for the ME-093 committee and participate in the work of this committee. AGA Managing Director and CEO, Chris Wealthy has been nominated to represent AGA Members on ME-093. Chris will be able to tap into AGA’s extensive pool of expertise as well as the knowledge gained in testing hydrogen appliances.
Standards Australia is in the process of finalising the committee constitution for ME-093 which will undertake work as the ISO mirror committee to ISO / TC 197 Hydrogen Technologies.
The Hydrogen Centre project, which is partly funded from ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency), is part of Toyota’s larger plan to transform the former Altona site into a Centre of Excellence which will include a world-class training facility and other commercial initiatives that will enhance the company’s business and the community.
According to the carmaker’s statement, the project will repurpose existing manufacturing infrastructure into Victoria’s first integrated hydrogen site, complete with electrolyser, commercial grade hydrogen refuelling station and an education centre with live demonstrations.
Toyota Australia’s President and CEO Matt Callachor said, right now, the biggest factor to the success of hydrogen being widely available is the lack of infrastructure. The sooner we move to a zero emissions society, the better.