Introducing one of our Renewable Gas pilot production facilities - the Western Sydney Green Hydrogen Hub demonstrates the effectiveness of hydrogen in helping to take NSW a step closer to lower carbon emissions.
Green hydrogen is produced by a 500kW on-site electrolyser, which is powered by the electricity grid. Jemena purchases renewable electricity certificates to offset the electricity used at the hub. After being injected into the existing gas network, and blended with natural gas, the hydrogen produced at the hub is helping to meet the cooking, heating, and hot water requirements of hundreds of homes and businesses in the Western Sydney area.
Excess hydrogen can be stored and used to generate electricity as back-up for the grid when needed. Hydrogen is supplied to the on-site fuel cell and micro-turbine that can produce renewable electricity for injection into the grid. Hydrogen has also previously been supplied for use with hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles.
Located in Horsley Park within the Western Sydney Parklands area, the hub is near a mix of industrial and residential areas, making it an ideal location for the pilot facility. The region is experiencing rapid economic development with the growth of the Parramatta CBD, as well as construction of Western Sydney Airport and the new Bradfield CBD.
The hub is co-funded by Jemena and ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) and first started injecting green hydrogen into the gas network in late 2021.
The Jemena gas distribution network is the largest in NSW. It delivers gas to almost 1.5 million customers across Greater Sydney and regional areas via a network of over 25,000km of buried pipelines.
ARENA is the government agency responsible for supporting the transition to net zero emissions by accelerating innovation, to benefit Australian consumers and businesses.