by R Rohan Gillespie
We have been kicking around the idea for our business for a while.
We have all seen the great strides that solar and wind have made in becoming an important part of our energy mix. However almost all of this energy is for electricity use, which leaves the transportation sector as a major CO2 emitter. To address this, the car truck and bus companies have developed electric vehicles. For those powered by fuel cells, the fuel of choice is hydrogen which gives double the efficiency of petrol and diesel cars.
So how do we make the hydrogen renewable?
Here’s where Southern Green Gas comes in. We have developed a process that imbeds the renewable hydrogen in methane (which is the same as natural gas). We use Australia’s world class solar resource to make renewable hydrogen. Then we extract CO2 from air. We put the hydrogen and CO2 together to form methane – its renewable because the CO2 extracted from the air offsets the CO2 emitted when the methane is used.
The good thing about imbedding hydrogen in methane is that it can be transported through the existing gas pipeline network to customers in Australia. We can also export the methane through the Liquiefied Natural Gas (LNG) system that ships to 40 countries globally.
We wanted to seek your support as soon as we were ready. We are planning a demonstration project next year and your support will help fund the initial phases.
As part of the rewards for your pledge, you will receive a priority offer to apply for shares in Southern Green Gas’ first equity crowdfunding opportunity. We ask that you note the following:
^ Any equity crowdfunding offers of shares, if made, will be made in a crowd sourced funding (CSF) offer document made available from an authorised CSF intermediary’s website in accordance with the regulatory requirements applicable to such offers. You will be notified of the priority offer and availability of the CSF offer document by email. No offer of Southern Green Gas’ shares or other securities is made at this time, and whether an equity crowdfunding offer is made (on any particular terms, at any particular time, or at all) has not been determined and if proceeded with will be subject to regulatory requirements and prevailing conditions at the time. Any person should, in deciding whether to make an application pursuant to a CSF equity offer, if made, obtain and consider the CSF offer document for the offer and the general CSF risk warning together with the risks and warning statements which will be part of the CSF intermediary’s website and contained in materials available from that website.
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We issued a press release yesterday....for your interest.
Southern Green Gas, APA sign renewable methane development agreement
Southern Green Gas (the Company) is pleased to announce the Company has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with APA Group (APA). The agreement requires the parties to work together to develop renewable methane projects. APA’s proposed role is to build-own-operate the infrastructure assets associated with the projects. Southern Green Gas’ role is project developer and seller of the methane gas.
Renewable methane can be made by using electrolysis to produce hydrogen using solar energy. Carbon is extracted directly from the air. The hydrogen and carbon are then combined to produce methane. The carbon extracted balances the carbon emitted when the methane is used, therefore making the methane both renewable and carbon neutral.
The parties will initially work on a demonstration project, to be sited on APA’s land near Dalby in Queensland. On the site is located one of APA’s compressor stations, which will allow methane gas from the project to be injected into the gas pipeline system.
Subject to the outcome from the demonstration project and, ultimately, the signing up of customers for the end product, the parties intend to jointly develop a world scale renewable methane project.
The agreement is non-binding and requires the parties to negotiate in good faith and use reasonable endeavours to conclude binding agreements.
Commenting on the agreement, Southern Green Gas’ Managing Director Rohan Gillespie stated: “The reason we have chosen methane as the carrier for renewable energy and especially renewable hydrogen is the ability to utilize the existing gas infrastructure system. The existing gas pipeline network allows us to access customers here in Australia, as well as export customers through the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) system. APA, being the owner and operator of over 15,000 kilometres of high pressure gas pipelines in Australia, is the logical partner for Southern Green Gas. APA has already expanded into renewable energy generation from wind and solar, which is important as the majority of the renewable methane projects will be solar farms. We are delighted to be partnering with them.”
The Southern Green Gas story
The electric car is here to stay. Now that some countries are committing to phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2040, the fuel for these cars must be renewable to cut global emissions and improve urban air quality.
The preferred transport fuel for electric cars is hydrogen because it gives long distance driving range and is fast filling. However, historically the process of extracting or producing hydrogen from other sources has been costly and energy intensive. In addition, most hydrogen currently produced is from fossil fuels.
Until now, there has been no cost-effective way of making hydrogen renewable.
Southern Green Gas is developing renewable methane projects in Australia for domestic and export markets. Renewable methane, which can easily be converted into hydrogen at a customer’s site, is the preferred means to transport renewable hydrogen. It is potentially the lowest cost and can be delivered quickly to market because it uses the existing natural gas pipeline and shipping system.
Southern Green Gas’ low-cost approach for creating renewable methane involves three key sustainable features. Firstly, the energy source is Australia’s sunshine. Secondly, carbon dioxide is extracted from the air, balancing emissions when the fuel is used and making it carbon neutral. And thirdly, water is sourced from moisture in the air, avoiding any impacts on groundwater or surface water courses. The process is protected by patent applications.
As noted Southern Green Gas and the APA Group, Australia’s largest pipeline owner, announced a joint development agreement to work on renewable methane projects. As part of this, a demonstration plant will be built on APA’s land near Dalby in Queensland starting in early 2019. APA has a compressor station on the site which will allow methane gas from the project to be injected into the gas pipeline system.
“The huge benefit of transporting renewable hydrogen in the form of methane is that APA’s existing natural gas pipeline system can be used to supply customers in Australia, and LNG ships will get our gas to 40 countries globally,” said Rohan Gillespie, Managing Director of Southern Green Gas.
“Southern Green Gas aims to make renewable hydrogen at a competitive cost to petrol and diesel. And because it is renewable, there are no greenhouse gas emissions.
“With renewable methane having the properties of natural gas this fuel could also power households and industry as well as cars.”
Mr Gillespie added that the availability of renewable fuels at competitive prices could make Australia self-sufficient in transport fuels and open export possibilities with trading partners such as Korea and Japan. “These countries are encouraging hydrogen use and also have renewable targets - but they only have limited sources of renewable energy,” he said.
We are currently seeking crowd-funding so we can start immediately on the first phase of the demonstration plant.” Refer https://readyfundgo.com/project/southern-green-gas/
For further information please contact Rohan Gillespie on email@example.com
or 0438 722 443.