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Hydrogen

QUT Hydrogen Process Research and Development

  • $3.35m

    ARENA Funding

  • $7.74m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Queensland University of Technology

    Start Date

    Aug 2018

    Project Partners

    None

    Location

    Queensland, Victoria

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Queensland University of Technology

Start Date

Aug 2018

Project Partners

None

Location

Queensland, Victoria

Status

Current

Summary

The QUT project develops a scalable and systematic process to evaluate the viability of decentralised and regional-scale renewable energy hybrid systems to generate hydrogen from sustainable resources.

How the project works

The project will provide experimental validation and integrated modelling of a hybrid renewable energy process that utilises solar power, energy storage and non-potable water to produce, store, and use hydrogen. The project will utilise two existing solar array technologies and battery packs to power treatment of non-potable water and electrolysis of treated water to produce and use hydrogen for re-use within the facility and for export. A micro-grid controls all components and delivers performance data to enterprise level models of hybrid renewable energy (RE) systems.

Area of innovation

Project innovations include integration of battery packs to photovoltaic arrays, high efficiency alkaline electrolysis and integration of processes to provide enterprise-level modelling of aggregated components.

Benefit

Existing operational practice for hybrid RE systems or combinations of RE products is severely compromised by poor understanding of component optimisation as well as limited predictive capabilities for design of hybrid RE systems and their impact on a power network. This project will develop optimised performance measures for integrated components in a hybrid system suited to Australian conditions and for translation to MW-scale implementation.

Contact information

Prof. Ian Mackinnon

ian.mackinnon@qut.edu.au