ARENA approves up to USD9.41 M in funding to Hazer

13 September 2019

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has recently announced that it has approved up to USD9.41 M in funding to Hazer Group Limited (Hazer) for the construction and operation of a groundbreaking hydrogen production facility in Munster, Western Australia.

Hazer is seeking to build a USD15.8 M 100 tonne per annum facility to demonstrate its proprietary hydrogen production technology which converts biogas from sewage treatment into hydrogen and graphite.

The Hazer Process is an innovative technology that converts bio-methane to renewable hydrogen and graphite using an iron ore catalyst, creating an alternate hydrogen pathway to the traditional approaches of steam methane reforming and electrolysis.

Hazer aims to take advantage of waste or low-value biogas streams such as from wastewater treatment plants, landfill sites, and other industrial locations to produce higher-value hydrogen and graphite.

Hazer aims to complete construction of the facility by December 2020 and begin operations in January 2021.