What is Renewable Gas?
As the name suggests, renewable gas is made from renewable sources, for example, solar energy and organic waste. Jemena is investing in several renewable gas initiatives, which will include significant trials and development work in:
- Biomethane, which can be produced and captured from organic and agricultural waste
- Hydrogen, produced through a process of electrolysis which uses renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, to split hydrogen from purified water, creating a fuel source.
Renewable gas can be easily blended into the current natural gas network, and then distributed to homes, businesses and communities using existing network infrastructure. Hydrogen can even be used in the transport sector as an alternate fuel type. It makes renewable gas a simple, cost-effective and complementary fuel option as we work towards a greener energy future.
Why Renewable Gas?
Gas is an essential part of our country’s energy mix, with over 6.5 million Australians already using natural gas every day for cooking, heating and hot water. Moreover, thousands of commercial and industrial customers rely on natural gas to keep their businesses, as well as many jobs, going strong.
Renewable gas is the first step on the path towards a more sustainable energy future, saving billions of dollars of investment by using existing infrastructure and pipelines. It offers the functionality and familiarity that Australians love about natural gas, while allowing them to lower the carbon footprint of their home, community or business.
As well as lowering our carbon footprint, renewable gas will help to create local a circular economy, help the farming industry and create employment opportunities across Australia. Now more than ever it is the cost-effective energy option that we need.
How could it work?