May 11 (Renewables Now) - The Australian government will fund with AUD 1.1 million (USD 713.8m/EUR 659.8m) a pilot project for the production of renewable methane in Queensland through the use of solar power.
The grant funding will be provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to local gas producer APA Group, the latter announced last week. The company will collaborate with Southern Green Gas to demonstrate the process as part of the AUD-2.2-million project.
The pilot project envisages the construction of a modular renewable methane production facility within APA Group’s Wallumbilla Gas hub near Roma. The plant will be capable of producing around 620 kg of hydrogen annually, which will be converted into the equivalent of 74 gigajoules of methane and injected into APA’s natural gas network. The process involves the production of renewable hydrogen from an electrolyser that is powered by solar-generated electricity. This hydrogen is then converted into methane through a reaction with carbon dioxide (CO2).
If successful, the demonstration project could be scaled up to a commercial-scale plant.
“With this project we’re aiming to determine whether this carbon neutral process might be part of the green energy solution of the future, and if our pipelines can be used to transport pure renewable energy domestically or to be exported,” said APA Group’s CEO and managing director Rob Wheals.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.649/EUR 0.599)