Hydrogen energy storage technology developed at UNSW Sydney will be installed in a world-first application of its kind in the regional town Manilla, thanks to NSW government funding announced today.

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean visited UNSW today to announce more than $15 million in funding from the Government’s Regional Community Energy Fund to support energy affordability and innovation. The funding is designed to help regional communities in NSW take control of their energy bills and benefit from the economic opportunities presented by changes in our energy system.

A $3.5 million grant has been awarded to the Manilla Solar Project, a partnership between Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. and Providence Asset Group. The project will use an advanced hybrid battery storage system called H2Store, which was developed at UNSW by Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou and his team at the School of Chemical Engineering.