What it means for residents
Mitchell Park has been chosen as our hydrogen production facility - Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) - is adjacent to this area. It also represents a good sample of typical Adelaide homes and businesses.
How do I know if I'm part of the project?
Residents involved in the project have been informed via a letterbox drop in July. You can also see which houses are included in the map below. If you are unsure, please contact us.Map of demonstration area
No changes to gas supply or costs
If you have gas connected to your property, you are not required to do anything as part of the project, and you will not notice any difference to the quality of the gas you receive. Furthermore, the project will not directly impact on any existing arrangements you have in place with your gas retailer - the amount you pay your retailer for blended gas will be no different to the cost of 100% natural gas. We have worked with retailers to ensure this is the case.
AGN will continue to provide regular updates to the community throughout the project right through until its completion in mid-2025.
The 5% blend of renewable hydrogen with natural gas is also as safe to use as natural gas.
Gas volume on your meter
Hydrogen has a lower heating value than natural gas, this means hydrogen carries slightly less energy for the same volume. As a result, people in this demonstration will need a slightly higher volume of blended gas to provide the same amount of energy compared to using 100% natural gas.
AGN will make a billing adjustment to ensure customers do not have to pay more than if they were using 100% natural gas.
If you have questions about your billing that haven't been answered here, contact us.
Household appliances that use gas
Your appliances will continue to work safely and reliably on blended 5% renewable gas.
The characteristics of the blended 5% renewable gas supplied as part of this project are consistent with those set out for natural gas within the Australian Standard.
Any appliances sold in Australia are subject to testing to ensure they work safely and reliably with natural gas. They are tested with varying gas compositions to account for the varying sources of natural gas supplied around Australia. One of these “limit” gas compositions already contains 13% hydrogen.
We are also undertaking our own appliance testing program in which an Australian certified laboratory tested Australian appliances with various percentages of hydrogen. Initial test results indicate that appliances will work safety and reliably with a 5% hydrogen blend. Full results will be available before we begin supplying blended 5% renewable gas.
This is consistent with literature and international projects which are supplying up to 20% hydrogen blends.
Free gas appliance efficiency audit
Did you know your gas appliances should be checked and serviced every two years? An audit can ensure they are running safely and efficiently to help to lower gas bills.
All gas customers receiving blended 5% renewable gas in 2020 are eligible for a free Gas Appliance Efficiency Audit, valued at $200.
A step towards a cleaner energy future.Blended gas to Mitchell Park timeline.