ARENA approves funding for world-first project to turn biogas from sewage into hydrogen and graphite
On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced it has approved up to AUS$9.41 million in funding to Hazer Group Limited (Hazer) for the construction and operation of a hydrogen production facility in Munster, Western Australia.
West Australian renewable energy company Hazer are seeking to build a AUS$15.8 million 100 tpa facility to demonstrate their proprietary hydrogen production technology which converts biogas from sewage treatment into hydrogen and graphite.
The Hazer Process converts bio-methane to renewable hydrogen and graphite using an iron ore catalyst, creating an alternate hydrogen pathway to the traditional approaches of steam methane reforming and electrolysis.
Hazer will sell the renewable hydrogen for industrial applications and is exploring markets for graphite including carbon black, activated carbon and battery anode applications. Hazer aims to take advantage of waste or low value biogas streams such as from wastewater treatment plants, landfill sites and other industrial locations to produce higher value hydrogen and graphite.
Hazer has identified the proposed location for the project at the Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, owned by Western Australian Water Corporation (WA Water Corporation), located in Munster, WA. Hazer has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with WA Water Corporation for the supply of biogas and to provide the project site for construction.
Hazer aims to complete construction of the facility by December 2020 and begin operations in January 2021.
ARENA’s funding is contingent upon a funding agreement being executed subject to conditions including a biogas supply agreement, a hydrogen offtake agreement and Hazer securing sufficient finance for the completion of the project. The funding will account for 41% of the total costs, including a contribution to operating costs.