What is renewable gas?

Renewable gas doesn’t produce any carbon emissions when made or used.

You can use it just like natural gas – it’s clean, reliable and environmentally friendly.

Common forms of renewable gas include hydrogen or biomethane. The renewable gas delivered to your home will be a blend of hydrogen and natural gas, aiming to move to 100% hydrogen by 2050

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(water) can be split into hydrogen and oxygen

What is hydrogen?

Hydrogen is the simplest and most common element in the known universe. If you studied chemistry in high-school, you’ll know that it’s number 1 on the periodic table.

Why hydrogen?

When produced using renewable energy, hydrogen gas is 100% clean, sustainable and renewable. When used as a fuel, it emits just heat and water. In both situations, there are zero carbon emissions – which is great for the environment! 

Hydrogen is colourless, odourless, non-toxic and is an excellent carrier of energy. It can also be delivered to homes and businesses through existing low-pressure pipelines, so there’s no need to buy or build expensive new infrastructure. 

Hydrogen is a great replacement for natural gas because it can be used in the same way for heating, hot water and cooking appliances like your oven, cooktop or barbeque. It can also be used to generate electricity or as a fuel for vehicles.

It’s considered a fuel of the future as it has a low impact on the environment and because it can be stored in large volumes within the current gas network for when its required – just like a battery for the whole country.

How is hydrogen made?

There are a number of ways to make it, but the hydrogen gas delivered to your home is produced by an electrolyser. Water is pumped into the electrolyser, where it’s separated into hydrogen and oxygen.

This process is called electrolysis – and while it might sound futuristic – it’s not new at all!

By using renewable energy (electricity generated from wind and solar), the electrolyser process is carbon-free!

Once created, the hydrogen will initially be blended with natural gas, placed into the pipelines and delivered to your home.

Electrolysis has been around since the 1800s and used commercially since the middle of the 20th century. Its use is quickly growing around the world as the world’s focus is on developing low carbon energy.

What does renewable gas mean for me?

Find out what the change to renewable gas means for you.

When will I get it?

It’s already being delivered to parts of Australia. Learn how it’s being rolled out to the entire network.

What’s being done now?

Many countries around the world are embracing hydrogen to deliver a renewable energy future. Find out how.

Have questions?

If you want to know more about the transition to renewable gas, have a look at our FAQs. If it’s not covered there, shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you with the answer!

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