In an Australian first, low-emission hydrogen and graphite could be produced from sewage at a wastewater treatment plant.
The three-year operation at Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Munster will produce around 100 tonnes of hydrogen and 380 tonnes of graphite each year.
The project is expected to create up to 20 new jobs and help keep afloat more than 100 others.
The technology was developed at The University of Western Australia before being acquired by Hazer Group.
Regional Development Minister Alannah McTiernan lauded the new technology and highlighted the importance of hydrogen to the state’s energy economy.
“Hydrogen is an increasingly important renewable fuel source, and this world-leading project will showcase our State’s capability in the hydrogen industry through the commercialisation of a technology developed right here in WA,” McTiernan said.
“This initiative represents an important first step towards kick-starting renewable hydrogen production capacity and driving the use of zero-emissions transport fuel for buses, heavy trucking, waste collection, and light vehicle fleets.”