The Morrison government will change the investment mandate of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, directing it to make up to $300m available for a new Advancing Hydrogen Fund as part of the national hydrogen strategy. The Coalition’s move to create a dedicated hydrogen financing fund will be confirmed on Monday, and comes ahead of other changes the government intends to make to the CEFC’s investment program, including requiring it to support new investments in grid reliability.
Guardian 4th May 2020 read more »
A hydrogen-powered house that is off-grid and said to be the first of its kind in Europe is being built by a family in Devon. The house near Exeter is called Autarkic, which means self-sufficient, and will generate power from solar panels, store it in hydrogen tanks and treat all water and sewage on site. Nick Moffat, 38, and his wife, Kyrenia, 37, are constructing the four-bedroom house in a woodland clearing in the grounds of a Grade II listed manor house owned by Mrs Moffat’s parents, who gave them the plot as a wedding present. It took the couple, who have two children, Max, five, and Amelia, three, seven years to get planning permission under rules that allow “truly innovative” new homes on rural land. Built to the ultra low-energy Passivhaus standard, the building will generate electricity from 72 photovoltaic panels. “Rather than store it in traditional electrical batteries, which aren’t very efficient or good for the environment, we are putting the energy through an electrolysis plant and creating our own hydrogen inside the house,” Mr Moffat, the director of a building company, said. The hydrogen is then stored at high pressure.
Times 4th May 2020 read more »