The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will help fund a new feasibility study for a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in central Queensland.
Stanwell Corporation is conducting a $5 million investigation into the technical and economic viability of a 10 MW or greater hydrogen electrolysis site at the Stanwell Power Station southwest of Rockhampton.
ARENA, on behalf of the Australian Government, will contribute $1.25 million to the initiative, which if successful would be largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in the country.
The plant could potentially compliment the energy market load and can ramp up in times of excess energy supply, while the existing power station site allows for pre-existing land approval, connection to the network and access to demineralised water required for hydrogen production.
Stanwell officially joined the Australian Hydrogen Council earlier this month and plans to acquire energy certificates from renewable projects to offset 100 per cent of emissions associated with the electrolyser.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the agency remained committed to positioning Australia as a major renewable energy exporter.
“The construction and operation of a utility scale electrolyser is important to demonstrate the costs associated with producing renewable hydrogen at scale,” he said.
“If feasible, this could help underpin future commercial scale deployments leveraging existing network infrastructure at other power stations and play a role in driving down the cost of domestic hydrogen production.”
For more information visit the Stanwell website.
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