About the project

This project is all about removing carbon from our gas supply as Australia works towards a reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) to between 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030 and South Australia works towards net zero emissions by 2050.

Much like the electricity sector, Australia's gas sector is on the pathway to a cleaner energy future. We can do this by using renewable or carbon neutral gas, such as hydrogen.

At Australian Gas Networks (AGN) we own and operate the gas distribution network (gas network) in South Australia. Retailers use our network to transport gas to homes and businesses.

We're developing a renewable gas production project known as Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) at the Tonsley Innovation District.

From HyP SA we’ll be producing renewable hydrogen, a clean burning gas.

We'll then supply approximately 710 properties near HyP SA with a blend of 5% renewable hydrogen in natural gas, delivered through the existing gas network, as part of a five year demonstration.

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Schematic of Hydrogen Park South Australia

 

Residents involved in the project have been informed and won't see any change to the quality of gas they receive or service form their retailer, nor will they pay any more than what they do for 100% natural gas. It's also as safe as the current natural gas supply.

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Map of demonstration area.

Project partners

Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) is an $11.4 million project delivered and funded by AGN with $4.9 million grant funding from the SA Government's Renewable Technology Fund.

The benefits of blended gas

When hydrogen is burned there are no CO2 emissions.

Blending renewable hydrogen with natural gas allows us to lower carbon emissions and still deliver energy safely and reliably.

The Australian energy sector is undergoing change. One of the main reasons is that we're trying to remove or reduce carbon from our energy sources to lower the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Using natural gas in your home is already cleaner than grid power generation but the gas sector can play an even bigger role in reducing carbon by using renewable or carbon neutral gas.

The most common renewable gas sources are:

  • Hydrogen (produced renewably, as per our project)
  • Biomethane (gas produced from waste materials)

These gases can be blended into or substituted for existing natural gas, to progressively move towards a 100% renewable gas supply.

Find out more about the benefits of hydrogen and why we're undertaking this project.

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Info graphic of project benefits .