Australia’s Smart Energy Council certifies first zero carbon project

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Electricity and gas provider ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra is the first project to be certified under the new Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.

ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station is considered a landmark project as Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station.

The Smart Energy Council’s Hydrogen Australia division will certify the claim that the refuelling station is powered by 100% renewable energy and that it is producing zero emissions hydrogen.

The certification is expected to be completed by June 30.

The Smart Energy Council, the peak industry body for solar, storage and smart energy management in Australia, launched the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme in December 2020.

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The initiative, which was developed as a response to Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy, is aimed as a national, industry-led Guarantee of Origin style scheme for renewable hydrogen, green ammonia, green steel and other hydrogen derivatives, in order to accelerate their development and deployment nationally and around the world.

As such it will assess the embedded carbon in participating hydrogen, ammonia and metals produced within Australia for domestic and export purposes.

Founding partners of the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme include the ACT government, Australian National University, ActewAGL’s network arm Evoenergy, renewable energy developer CWP Global, the energy blockchain developers Energy Web and Power Ledger and the international consortia the Ammonia Energy Association and Green Hydrogen Catapult.

The German Energy Agency dena is the Scheme’s advisor and coordination is by Hydrogen Australia.

ActewAGL, which provides utility services in the Australian Capital Territory and south-east New South Wales, initiated the development of the hydrogen refuelling station close to Canberra’s CBD in partnership with renewable energy generator Neoen in 2019.

Accompanying its opening on April 1 of this year, the ACT government launched its first fleet of 20 Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.