The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $1.5 million in funding for Australia’s first green hydrogen innovation hub to be located at ATCO Australia’s facility in the Perth suburb of Jandakot.

ATCO, a Canadian-owned gas network operator, is building a Clean Energy Innovation Hub to explore opportunities for surplus renewable energy to be stored as hydrogen.

The “green hydrogen” at the Innovation Hub will be produced from an array of 1,100 solar panels generating 300kW of solar power together with 400kWh of batteries that will time shift electricity to power an electrolyser. This will fuel a range of gas appliances and will blend hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline.

The project will feature a display home where hydrogen will be tested in household appliances designed for natural gas.