A commercial feasibility study is under way to investigate establishing a hydrogen hub at the $5-billion mixed-use Sydney Science Park north of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The University of Technology Sydney investigation has flagged the 287ha greenfield site of the science park as a potential location for a future Western Sydney Hydrogen Hub.
The study would also examine the benefits of a “hydrogen economy” including job creation in Sydney’s west and the export of surplus hydrogen to surrounding areas. It would also identify business opportunities and help meet the New South Wales emissions reduction target of 50 per cent by 2030.
A key component of the Western Sydney Hydrogen Hub would be to leverage the planned Sydney Water decentralised waste-water treatment plant to be built at the science park. The proximity of this treatment plant to the mooted hydrogen hub could support producing renewable hydrogen and green gas from the waste material.
UTS’s feasibility work is also supported by hydrogen industry leaders GrapheneX and Providence Asset Group who provide strategic commercial investment into hydrogen technology.