Renewable hydrogen offers the potential as a clean, safe and reliable fuel source. Its production is becoming cleaner and cheaper and could sustainably power Victoria’s transport, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
In 2021 the Victorian government released its Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan, which sets out the blueprint for how the State Government will support an emerging Victorian renewable hydrogen industry. The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) established the Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund (CPF).
Initiatives under the Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan had the following objectives:
kick-start investment in Victoria’s renewable hydrogen sector
unlock co-investment and partnership opportunities for applicants, creating new jobs and economic growth for Victoria
provide an evidence base for decarbonisation through renewable hydrogen and enable demonstration projects to lead the way to commercialisation
raise awareness of hydrogen in Victoria
create a streamlined process for industry-government interactions and knowledge sharing.
The CPF was awarded to projects that will see Victoria produce and use renewable hydrogen trials and demonstrations in real-world applications.
Boundary Power received a $176,150 CPF grant to develop a demonstration plant – the first of its kind in Australia. The renewable Stand-Alone Power System will use solar power and a renewable hydrogen hydride battery to store and generate electricity when required.
This project will involve the installation of the following:
Solar Panels 9kWp including racked roof mounting (as part of a larger rooftop mounted system)
Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) 16kWh
Inverter modules 10kW (2 x 5kW)
Metal Hydride Hydrogen Energy Storage System (HESS) 20kWh with additional 3kW inverter. The HESS also incorporates its own electrolyser and fuel cell to ensure all hydrogen used is renewably created on site.
Weatherproof mounting frame and enclosure
Communications equipment for integration into metering/reporting systems
The HI-SAPS will supply solar power to the site during daylight hours to meet daytime energy demand. The excess energy will be used to charge the BESS and then the HESS. The BESS will be discharged to meet the power demand at night and during peak periods. The HESS will meet energy demand gaps where solar and BESS energy are not available.