Researching a cleaner energy future
ATCO delivers safe, reliable and affordable energy to more than 750,000 domestic and business connections through 14,000km of gas pipelines across Western Australia and has been proudly operating in Australia for more than 55 years.
Our customers have told us that a cleaner energy future is important to them and they expect us to be part of making that future a reality. That’s why with the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency we’re investing $3.3 million in a leading research and development facility at our Jandakot Operations Centre, called the Clean Energy Innovation Hub.
ATCO is committed to:
1. Identifying innovative energy solutions for our customers that lower emissions and costs.
2. Providing safe, reliable and affordable energy options for our customers.
3. Maintaining the highest standards of safety and to developing the workforce of the future.
Clean Energy Innovation Hub
Our industry-leading Clean Energy Innovation Hub will be a test bed for hybrid energy solutions and will integrate natural gas, solar PV, battery storage and hydrogen production.
The Clean Energy Innovation Hub will provide valuable insights into how our extensive existing gas distribution infrastructure can continue to benefit customers as part of the future energy mix.
Complementary energy solutions
We know that natural gas already delivers a lower-carbon alternative to many traditional energy sources, and we believe it is ideally placed to complement and further enable the continued implementation of intermittent renewable energy.
At the same time, we are committed to further reduce the carbon footprint of the gas distribution network and provide ongoing secure, reliable, affordable and low-carbon energy options. We are excited about the opportunities presented by the Clean Energy Innovation Hub and believe it will help drive clean energy research that can have major long term benefits for consumers.
Powering our people
Change is coming and we’re making sure our workforce is prepared. By continually upskilling our people, we’re making sure WA will have the energy workforce to support new energy technology.
Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe and when combined with oxygen it makes water. A number of countries have been using hydrogen as a fuel source for many years including Japan, Iceland and Denmark because it offers a low emission alternative to other fuel sources.
Indeed, town gas which was used in the Perth region up until 1970’s was a mix of gases including 50% hydrogen. Like natural gas, hydrogen can be used to create electricity, stored for later use or exported. At the Clean Energy Innovation Hub we will be investigating how we can blend hydrogen within our existing natural gas network.
The Clean Energy Innovation Hub project draws on ATCO’s established expertise and safety in handling natural gas. ATCO will apply the same degree of rigour in our approach to the safe handling of hydrogen appropriate to the amount we will be producing, which is about 10kg a day, roughly the same amount as a standard LPG barbecue gas bottle.
Our Jandakot Operations Centre is maintained regularly, subject to regular testing of all safety systems, is directly wired to the local fire station and is licensed by the State Government.
For more information please call the CONTACT CENTRE on 13 13 56 or visit yourgas.com.au
To report Faults and Emergencies call ATCO Gas Australia’s 24-hour hotline on 13 13 52.