Blue Economy CRC
Optimal is playing a key role in the establishment of Tasmania’s first, fully operational commercial-scale green hydrogen facility.
|Blue Economy CRC
|Offshore Renewable Energy System
Blue Economy CRC was founded with the mission of conducting industry-specific research and providing specialised training to facilitate the advancement of the Blue Economy in Australia. Its primary focus lies in the cultivation and development of two burgeoning ocean sectors: offshore aquaculture and renewable energy production, both of which are integral to the nation's economic growth and sustainability.
The Blue Economy CRC is actively engaged in the establishment of Tasmania's first, fully operational, commercial-scale green hydrogen facility. This strategic initiative is aimed at bolstering the decarbonisation efforts within offshore industries, encompassing shipping and aquaculture. Anticipated to commence operations in the first half of 2023, this facility is set to play a pivotal role in advancing sustainable practices in the region.
The onshore phase of the demonstration project is well underway in Hobart. Green hydrogen production is being achieved through the utilization of an ITM Power HGAS1SP PEM electrolyser, which was provided by Optimal Group. The ITM electrolyser has a maximum power input capacity of 700 kW, which translates to a daily hydrogen production rate of 265 kg.
The electrolyser will be connected to a DC microgrid that will include a Capstone C65 pure-hydrogen turbine for generating electricity, which will also be provided by Optimal Group. In addition, we will build the microgrid in a configuration adopted through consultation between us, Blue Economy CRC and Pitt&Sherry, who have been engaged as engineering consultants for the project.
The ITM Power electrolyser power supply has arrived in Australia and the electrolyser stack is scheduled for delivery by December 2022. The Capstone turbine has been commissioned on 100% hydrogen fuel. Additionally, the programmable load has been delivered and the hydrogen compressor has been ordered. The specification of the hydrogen storage (buffer tank and tube trailer) is also being undertaken collaboratively with the project partners.