The technoeconomic synergies of integrating renewable electrolytic hydrogen production and wastewater treatment


This energy efficiency and recovery project intersects the wastewater treatment, hydrogen and electricity industries and involves the technoeconomic modelling of an integrated water electrolysis process to produce hydrogen with process in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Integration includes the use of oxygen from the electrolysis in the WWTP and recovering heat produced by the electrolysis. It includes modelling and analysis of a 100 per cent renewable WWTP.    

The model will enable a distributed renewable hydrogen production industry to grow rapidly by the optimised integration of water electrolysis process at WWTPs distributed around Australia and then globally. The outcomes will enable an increased renewable hydrogen production from water electrolysis to achieve net zero emissions targets by 2050 that also achieve the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal (UN SDG) for sustainable water management.  

Funding / Grants

  • QUT Scholarship

Other Team Members

Robert Burdett