Hybrid PV – Battery-Hydrogen System for Microgrids

July 2nd, 2022

Hybrid PV – Battery-Hydrogen System for Microgrids

A feasibility study is investigating a renewable-based stand-alone microgrid with hybrid hydrogen-battery-based energy storage for an indigenous community in the Pilbara.

Main proponents:

Murdoch University

Main end-use classification:

Microgrid / regional applications


Under development

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Western Australia, Australia

Announced funding:

AUD$75,000 – Western Australian Government Renewable Hydrogen Fund (feasibility study)

Project description

Murdoch University is conducting a feasibility study into a stand-alone power system for an indigenous community in the Pilbara using 100 per cent renewable energy.  The study will develop a stand-alone microgrid with a hybrid hydrogen-battery-based energy storage system through a partnership approach with local communities. It is intended that the approach developed could be transferrable to other regions of Western Australia or ‘exported’ to regional developing island states.

Preliminary studies indicate that a 100% renewable energy stand-alone power system can be achieved for the two studied locations in the Pilbara region using a resilient hydrogen-battery storage system (for both the studied sites) though implementation costs for the overall system are high.

A pilot project implementation in the Pilbara region is under evaluation. The project team is also assisting stakeholders in exploring the establishment of a training centre in the region to promote the hydrogen economy.

The project team is working towards developing a transition plan and business model to, amongst other things, gradually reduce fossil fuel-based generation in regional Western Australia and have begun to identify the means by which a transition plan can be implemented across the over 100 Remote Essential and Municipal Services (REMS) diesel communities in Western Australia.


January 2020: The feasibility study for this project is one of seven feasibility studies to which funds were allocated in January 2020 by the Western Australian government under its Renewable Hydrogen Fund.


Updated: June 2022