Overview

The BRF program is closed for applications. Applications have been assessed, providing:

  • grants to 8 projects
  • $608,665 in grant funding
  • assistance for businesses to undertake a business case or feasibility study project, supporting their transition to renewable hydrogen
  • a focus on the development and deployment of zero-emissions renewable hydrogen technologies in Victoria
  • support for the establishment of a thriving renewable hydrogen industry, aligning with the Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan.

Objectives

The objectives of the Fund are to:

  • enable businesses to identify pathways to transition towards renewable hydrogen
  • target users of natural gas, hydrogen and energy-intensive processes to maximise emissions reduction
  • increase confidence in transitioning to renewable hydrogen across the sector
  • build the profile of renewable hydrogen in Victoria and create a streamlined process for industry-government interactions and knowledge sharing.

Funded projects

Eight projects have been successful under the Business Ready Fund, providing a total of $608,665.

Blackmores Limited

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Braeside renewable hydrogen feasibility study This study will look at options for renewable hydrogen as an alternative fuel source to natural gas. Braeside Blackmores are aiming to be net-zero by 2030 - using a zero-emissions fuel source such as hydrogen will enable them to reach their ambitious decarbonization targets that through electrification alone it may not be able to achieve.

Manufacturers burn natural gas to achieve the high temperatures required in their industrial processes that electricity cannot produce. Renewable hydrogen could provide a reliable, zero-emissions substitute for these processes because it burns at an even higher temperature than natural gas.
$37,102 $80,595

Australian Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Ashes to Ashes - Renewable Hydrogen Cremation for Sustainable Death Care An economic, commercial and technical study and prototype assessment to determine the feasibility of manufacturing new or modifying existing cremation burners to utilise renewable hydrogen in place of natural gas. North Geelong Renewable hydrogen offers a unique opportunity for crematoriums to decarbonise their operations. This is in response to customer demand for environmentally friendly products and services, which includes cremations. $100,000 $240,000

HAMR Energy

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Methanol Synthesis Utilizing Renewable Hydrogen A feasibility study to assess if carbon feedstock from unrecyclable waste combined with renewable hydrogen can be used to reinstate methanol manufacturing in Victoria. Laverton North Hydrogen is needed in the methanol manufacturing process. If renewable hydrogen can be used as an alternative to hydrogen created from steam methane reforming, methanol manufacturing could possibly be used to reintroduce methanol manufacturing into Victoria.

Over 95% of global methanol is produced from fossil fuels (natural gas and coal). Australia imports around 100k tonnes of methanol per year and has no local production. In 2016 the only Australian methanol production facility in Laverton closed down due to the inability to secure long-term gas supply.
$57,173 $154,451

Greater Western Water

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Bacchus Marsh RWP Renewable Hydrogen Feasibility Study A study to investigate the production of renewable hydrogen from recycled water sourced from the Bacchus Marsh Recycled Water Plant and investigate hydrogen use by Parwan and Co, the Parwan Employment Precinct and the Parwan Station Residential and Commercial Precinct. Parwan Renewable hydrogen generation could provide another revenue stream for water corporations. Renewable hydrogen is generated from water using electrolysis, and water corporations already have access to water recycling plants and wastewater.

In addition, oxygen, which is a by-product of hydrogen production from electrolysis, can also be used in water treatment processes.
$60,000 $120,432

RMIT University

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
RMIT City campus - feasibility of hydrogen as a fuel source A detailed site assessment and feasibility modelling to consider the transition of the RMIT city campus from natural gas as a process fuel source (electricity and thermal generation) to renewable hydrogen. Melbourne City RMIT has committed to achieving carbon-neutral operations by or before 2030. Mitigating the emissions generated from the onsite consumption of natural gas is a key challenge that will need to be addressed in order to achieve this goal.

Renewable hydrogen may be used in place of methane to heat RMIT City campus.
$44,390 $88,780

Goulburn Valley Water

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Future Ready Goulburn Valley Region Renewable Hydrogen Ecosystem A feasibility study to determine the demand for renewable hydrogen in the consortium partner industries (manufacturing, industrial, agrifood, transportation, local government, energy and water utilities) and quantify the amounts of fossil fuels that can be replaced, as well as the costs and carbon emissions abated. Shepparton The Goulburn Valley Region will investigate possible uses and applications of renewable hydrogen to reduce reliance on natural gas and diesel fuels in the region. The wide consortium of project partners believes that renewable hydrogen as a fuel replacement option offers a pathway to generate positive outcomes for communities like the Goulburn Valley Region through widespread and deep decarbonization of business and industrial operations.

Establishing local demand for renewable hydrogen is critical to building a renewable hydrogen economy. Projects like this will determine how and where hydrogen can be used, who the customers will be and what their needs are. This kind of information will help build supply.
$85,000 $170,000

Electromotiv Pty Ltd

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Green Hydrogen Coach Trial A feasibility study for the installation of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure at bus depots in Victoria for (long-range) V/Line routes. Dandenong Transport is one of the first industries where hydrogen is expected to become commercially viable. Not only is hydrogen an emissions-free fuel, but it can be more efficient than fossil fuels.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles can travel longer distances before refueling than traditional petrol or diesel engines and electric vehicles (recharge). It is most likely to be cost effective for vehicles that undertake a 'return to base' transport pattern.
$150,000 $450,000

Monash University

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhy is this project important?Funding awardedProject cost
Victorian Renewable Liquid Hydrogen Supply Hub A feasibility study looking at end-users in the Monash Precinct and regional Victoria to provide renewable hydrogen. Clayton The Monash Technology Precinct aims to be net-zero by 2030. Within the precinct, there are several possible applications of hydrogen, including buses and trucks. There are also several users of liquid nitrogen (currently trucked in) on site. The liquid nitrogen generation process creates liquid hydrogen as a byproduct.

This feasibility study would look at the possibility of generating liquid nitrogen on-site (as well as renewable hydrogen to then be used to reduce fossil fuel use across the precinct).

This type of study is important because it is looking at how hydrogen can complement existing needs and remove upfront capital cost barriers and solve two problems at once.
$75,000 $255,000

Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan

The Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan (the Plan), launched on 26 February 2021, provides the blueprint for growing a renewable hydrogen economy over the next 5 years. The development of a renewable hydrogen industry will support Victoria’s climate change ambitions and its net-zero emissions target by 2050. Decarbonisation and economic recovery can be accelerated and promoted across Victoria by supporting the establishment of a thriving renewable hydrogen industry.

Read more about the Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan.

Program documents

Please note, applications to the fund are now closed.

FAQs (DOCX, 293.7 KB)

Renewable Hydrogen Fact Sheet (DOCX, 275.3 KB)