Water industry and the hydrogen economy: a viability, scalability, and risk state-of-knowledge

Water industry and the hydrogen economy: a viability, scalability, and risk state-of-knowledge

Hydrogen offers unique capabilities as a versatile low-emissions energy storage medium, fuel source, and feedstock for industrial processes.

Details

Co-location of hydrogen production within water treatment plants (WTPs) using a recycled wastewater (RWW) feedstock provides opportunities for sustainable, water efficient, and waste-consuming hydrogen production that may offer greater economic viability relative to standalone production facilities. Incorporation of hydrogen economy principles within the water industry may offer considerable advantages, however several knowledge gaps remain. 

With Australian utilities beginning to participate in hydrogen production, and the development of an Australian hydrogen economy receiving considerable attention, risks and key questions regarding the viability and scalability of this unique capibility must first be addressed through a state-of-knowledge project from both urban and regional perspectives.

The objective of this project are to:

  • Assess the viability of an RWW-based hydrogen economy within regional and urban WTP contexts through a review of hydrogen systems nationally and internationally, addressing key research questions regarding economics and technical requirements.
  • Determine the scalability of the technology and supply chains required to support a hydrogen economy from pilot scale through to full-scale implementation in regional and metropolitan contexts.
  • Outline and assess risks associated with integration of hydrogen production with water treatment processes, particularly with respect to water security in regions facing scarcity.  

WaterRA Contact

Dr Arash Zamyadi

Amount being sought

<$100k

Due Date

17th Dec, 2021