Media Release - Domestic hydrogen appliance launched in Victoria

Domestic hydrogen appliance launched in Victoria

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) was proud to be at Rinnai Australia’s head office in Braeside, Victoria today to launch its 100% hydrogen continuous flow domestic hot water service in Australia.

A number of key AGIG and Rinnai executives attended the launch, along with the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change – The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, former Australian Chief Scientist – Dr Alan Finkel and other distinguished guests.

The Rinnai appliance is for Australian conditions and is another key step on the journey to decarbonise gas. AGIG Chief Executive Officer Craig de Laine commented “AGIG is very pleased to see this key hydrogen appliance innovation delivered by Rinnai. This shows the future of gas appliances in Australia as we start the process of delivering the low carbon future of gas supply. We expect renewable hydrogen will play an important role in this low carbon transition.”

“Using our existing gas networks to deliver renewable gas, including renewable hydrogen and biogas, is key to decarbonising energy use in Australia in a low cost, stable, reliable and practical way.”

“We have delivered a world-class gas distribution system in Victoria as a result of our mains replacement program, which ensures we can supply renewable gas to homes and businesses. Ensuring our appliances can use hydrogen is the final part of the puzzle. Industry needs a policy mandate for all appliances installed in Australia to be hydrogen-ready to ensure we deliver a seamless low carbon transition for the state of Victoria and Australia more broadly.” said Mr de Laine.

AGIG is supportive of Government implementing policy that provides customers with a pathway to lowest cost decarbonisation. This includes through policy that delivers a clear renewable gas target and policy that ensures appliances sold today are hydrogen-ready.

Aligned with this, AGIG is developing a demonstration house called HyHome in Victoria, which will showcase a range of hydrogen appliances including cooktops, hot water systems, heaters and a barbecue, all powered by 100% hydrogen.

AGIG is also working on delivering the low carbon gas supply of the future through projects like Hydrogen Park Murray Valley, which is planned to deliver a 10% renewable hydrogen blend to 40,000 homes and businesses in the Wodonga and Albury areas. This is consistent with the business’ low carbon strategy to deliver at least 10% renewable gas through AGIG distribution networks by 2030 and 100% carbon-free gas by no later than 2050, in line with emissions reduction targets.

 
Background

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) is one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses with operations across every mainland state and the Northern Territory supplying approximately 2 million customers. Operations include 40,000km of distribution and transmission gas pipelines, 60 petajoules of gas storage capacity, gas processing facilities and remote power generation.  

As a business, we are also taking active steps to deliver renewable gas. We are already leading the industry on the pathway to cleaner energy through Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen project, producing and blending renewable hydrogen into our existing gas network in South Australia known as Hydrogen Park South Australia. We have committed to deliver a number of renewable gas projects across the country and across the value chain.

AGIG’s vision is to be the leading gas infrastructure business in Australia - by delivering for customers, being a good employer, and being sustainably cost efficient.

 

For Further Information Contact
Kristin Raman – Acting Executive General Manager, People and Strategy AGIG
+61 402 858 978

James Wong – Marketing and Stakeholder Manager AGIG
+61 409 962 827

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