Figure 1 (extracted from NSW P2X Industry Feasibility Study Report, 2023)
Powerfuels or Power-to-X (P2X) refers to synthetic non biofuels - in gas or liquid state - that draw energy from renewable electricity through the electrolysis of water for hydrogen production and conversion to other hydrogen derivatives, including Hydrogen, Ammonia, Synthetic Fuels (e.g. methane and methanol) and Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). This report expands the opportunities highligthed in the Pre-Feasibility Study report released in 2021 and report on the recent roadmapping activities carried out in establishing the NSW Powerfuels including Hydrogen Network.
The study was commisioned by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer (OCSE) as part of the NSW P2X Initiative and led by our Co-Director Scientia Professor Rose Amal and Dr Rahman Daiyan with contribution from several GlobH2E researchers including Prof Iain Macgill and PhD students: Muhammad Haider Khan, Jack Shepherd, Jaco van Antwerpen and Denny Gunawan in collaboration with OCSE, PFHN university partners and industry partners. The report was announced by the NSW Minister for Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Heritage, the Honorary Penny Sharpe MLC, at the Asia Pacific Hydrogen Summit in October 2023.
Professor Amal emphasized that the study provides a crucial platform for sharing knowledge, promoting collaboration among stakeholders, and expediting the progress and integration of P2X technology in NSW. One of the highlight from the study is the creation of an online, open-source modeling tool that grant access to all the research and modeling data interested in investigating P2X opportunities in NSW, thus gives NSW industry and investors first-hand information on their proposed P2X projects.
The NSW P2X Industry Feasibility Study and the NSW Powerfuel Value Chain Tool represent a significant stride in the NSW Government's commitment to achieving a net-zero economy. This initiative aims to stimulate economic growth while addressing the challenges posed by carbon emissions. Both the Study and the Tool are accessible on the OCSE website.