Countrywide Renewable Hydrogen (CRH) is an Australian company with a focus on originating renewable hydrogen production opportunities at home and abroad.
CRH is a lean and agile public company. It coordinates the development of projects with support from expert consultants in engineering, modelling, technology, environmental impact, grant funding, legal and financial services, and project partners.
With pipeline projects located in different parts of the world, CRH’s preference is to engage local experts and consultants on referral and on a project-by-project basis to optimise the injection of investment in a local economy. We also believe that local knowledge is far superior to discovered knowledge.
CRH builds projects on selected pillars which, when delivered, attract project partners to support investment from the perspectives of project development, capex funding, active participation, and offtakes.
With a background in the renewable energy sector spanning three decades, in the 2010s CRH’s co-founder, Geoffrey Drucker originated the company’s first large-scale solar project in Victoria. At that time, the business was known as Countrywide Renewable Energy (CRE) with a broader focus in the renewable space.
A paper released by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, identified the opportunity renewable hydrogen offers to the nation particularly to export energy to the burgeoning north Asian markets of Japan and Korea. With state and Federal Government support for the establishment of renewable hydrogen industries, CRE focused on Tasmania as a location for a project because of the state’s abundance of hydroelectricity and wind power, deep water port options, favourable energy prices and an agile government willing to collaborate on a project.
CRE developed the project called H2TAS to a level where it would attract investment interest. Woodside Energy Limited became CRE’s project partner and together the companies are progressing a development at Bell Bay in the north of the state.
With a pipeline of project opportunities in Australia and offshore, the company undertook to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) by mid 2021 and to that end established Countrywide Renewable Hydrogen Limited. Each project under the CRH banner is held within its own special purpose vehicle (SPV).
CRH will continue to collaborate with Governments, partners, suppliers and OEMs to develop opportunities for renewable hydrogen to significantly reduce emissions in road transport, natural gas supply, power generation and industrial applications such as steel production. Securing offtakes is a key focus for all projects and with the world progressing hydrogen as the fuel of the future, CRH is well placed to make a major contribution as a green hydrogen producer and supplier with projects that have a long-term life.
The company advocates the future for renewable hydrogen is significant believing the transition from diesel and other carbon fuels will accelerate as the production and supply of the gas becomes more prolific and cost-effective.
- Susan Oliver AM,
- Geoffrey Drucker,
- Stephen Nossal,
Finance and Projects Director
- Inge Drucker,
- Melanie Leydin,
Company Secretary & CFO
CRH’s most advanced projects to date are H2TAS and Melbourne Hydrogen Hub.
The proposed H2TAS project is a renewable hydrogen project located in the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone, a heavy industrial precinct north of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. The proposal involves a 10 MW pilot project producing 4.5 tonnes per day of hydrogen for domestic use, targeting the transportation sector. H2TAS participants are Woodside (Operator) and Countrywide Renewable Energy (CRE), a Countywide Renewable Hydrogen Limited company.
Woodside and CRE are leveraging their combined expertise, partnerships and leading technologies to develop one of Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen projects, located in Tasmania, known as H2TAS. In July 2020, the Australian Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced that Woodside is one of the seven companies shortlisted and invited to submit a full application for the next stage of ARENA’s $70 million Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round. The project sponsors submitted a full application toARENA in January 2021 and expect a response before May, 2021.
Woodside Energy Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State of Tasmania that outlines the Tasmanian Government’s support for the proposed H2TAS project that capitalises on the State’s advantage in green energy. In parallel with the MOU, Woodside has executed a non-binding term sheet with Tasmanian natural gas retailer Tas Gas to develop a framework for blending green hydrogen into the Tasmanian gas network.
Melbourne Hydrogen Hub
Melbourne Hydrogen Hub (MHH) has its genesis in a request from the Bus Association of Victoria for CRH to originally supply renewable hydrogen for up to 40 transit buses to be introduced onto Melbourne’s roads progressively from the end of 2022. That number is now 90 buses with more expected to adopt the emission-free transition.
The project is proposed for a greenfields site at the Melbourne Market Authority, a state-owned wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market. The Market offers excess solar power and an opportunity to transition its 1,100 LPG-powered forklifts to emission-free hydrogen fuel cell.
The Hub will comprise renewable hydrogen production, vehicle refuelling, service and maintenance, injection into the natural gas network, and a fuel cell bus fabrication facility.
The Way We Do Business
The Countrywide Renewable Hydrogen Way has been developed to ensure that all its stakeholders know and understand the values and principles that underpin the way the company conducts its business activities and interacts.
Countrywide Renewable Hydrogen (CRH) promotes open, honest and direct communication, consultative decision-making and the energetic pursuit of excellence in all aspects of its operations and activities.
The following values are central to the Countrywide Renewable Hydrogen Way and everyone directly associated with the business will commit to strive to ensure that these values are delivered.
- Key decisions will involve consultation and discussion with those who should and could provide input
- The truth will be paramount
- There will be no surprises
- Communication will be open, honest and direct
- We listen to understand, absorb and remember
- Collectively and individually, a high level of integrity and professionalism will be demonstrated
- All will strive to grow and develop the business and its reputation
- Results oriented, CRH will focus on defining, measuring and evaluating performance
- For CRH to perform and deliver outcomes, activities undertaken will focus on those outcomes being achieved
- Internal and external relationships will be fostered to be mutually beneficial and based on equality, respect, trust and a commitment to individual development, wellbeing and profit
- Behaviour and performance that reflects the pursuit of quality and continual improvement will be encouraged and rewarded
- Experience will be the basis for continued learning and instruction
- CRH will demonstrate the best qualities of true partner relationships
CRH is a public company that intends to list on the ASX prior to June 30, 2021. The company has investors who supported a pre-IPO capital raising conducted by Peak Asset Management.