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Southern Green Gas achieves renewable hydrogen with water-from-air tech

In Australia, renewable natural gas project developer Southern Green Gas Ltd (SGG) has announced that it has achieved what it believes to be a world’s first – renewable hydrogen produced with sustainably sourced water. This has been demonstrated on the campus at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales (NSW) and announced at the Australian Hydrogen Forum.   

Southern Green Gas Ltd (SGG) says that it has achieved what it believes to be a world’s first – renewable hydrogen produced with sustainably sourced water. This has been demonstrated on the campus at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales (NSW) and announced at the Australian Hydrogen Forum (photos courtesy SGG).

Using technology developed by Professor Moghtaderi’s group at the University of Newcastle, water is extracted from atmospheric air. This becomes a critical feature as the expected location of hydrogen production is in high solar but arid regional areas of Australia and highlighted in a recent study by consultants Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd.

According to Southern Green Gas, this milestone is a key step for the company as it seeks to realise its business plan to develop renewable methane. Being fungible with natural gas and carbon-neutral, renewable methane is a ground-breaking product that could create a completely new industry – seaborne renewable energy.

In June 2019, Southern Green Gas announced that it had entered into a partnership with Italy-headed Enapter S.r.l, an international manufacturer of modular hydrogen generators that use Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolysis, to jointly develop solar “powerfuels” in Australia.

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