What is Renewable Gas?
As the name suggests, renewable gas is made from renewable sources, such as solar and wind energy, as well as agricultural and household organic waste. Jemena is investing in several renewable gas projects and initiatives, which will include significant trials and product development work in:
- Biomethane - which can be produced from decomposing organic and agricultural waste.
- Hydrogen - produced through a process of electrolysis, that splits hydrogen from water, which can then be stored and used as a clean energy 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. All of this 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, and the economy going strong.
Renewable gas can complement and support other renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. It could be a simple first step on the path towards a more sustainable energy future, saving billions of dollars of investment by using existing infrastructure and pipelines to store energy. Renewable gas also offers the functionality and familiarity that Australians love about their existing gas supply, while allowing them to lower the carbon footprint of their home or business.
As well as lowering our carbon emissions, renewable gas can help to create a circular economy, strengthening industries such as farming and manufacturing, as well as creating employment and training opportunities in a range of advanced energy sector occupations. Now more than ever it is the cost-effective and efficient energy option that we need to get NSW moving on the path to net zero by 2050.
How could it work?