Hydrogen is a clean energy carrier that can be used in transport, power generation and a range of industrial uses, including products for the mining and agricultural sectors.

The development of a hydrogen industry in Australia has gained significant momentum recently, driven by government policies, international demand, and the improving economics of hydrogen production.

We have a vision for a large-scale green hydrogen export industry in Central Queensland. Central Queensland is an ideal location for scaling up the hydrogen industry due to its high quality renewable energy resources, available land and water, and access to major port infrastructure.

Stanwell hydrogen demonstration project

We are investigating the feasibility of a 10 MW hydrogen demonstration plant at Stanwell Power Station, near Rockhampton. The project would be located at the existing power station site.

Set to be one of the first large-scale renewable hydrogen production facilities in Queensland, the demonstration plant could facilitate the development of the domestic hydrogen market in advance of export opportunities in 2030.

The demonstration plant will produce hydrogen using electrolysis. Electrolysis uses an electrical current to split water and create hydrogen, with oxygen as the only by-product.

We will purchase energy from renewable energy projects in the region to deliver a carbon neutral, green hydrogen product. The green hydrogen produced will be trucked to end use users such as ammonia and gas producers in the region.

Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the development of a new, large-scale hydrogen industry in Central Queensland, including the local manufacture of hydrogen industry components.

Opportunities and benefits

Given the large scale of the project, the demonstration plant would help:

  • drive down hydrogen production and technology costs;
  • support the development of new domestic and export markets for hydrogen;
  • create energy load growth in the region;
  • ease pressure on the electricity network; and
  • support the growth of renewable energy.

Safety

We are experienced in managing hydrogen and high-pressure hydrogen systems at Stanwell Power Station. Our experience in hydrogen handling will help facilitate the safe production of hydrogen.

Project timeline

The feasibility study commenced in July 2019 and is due for completion in September 2020.

Public consultation – have your say on Stanwell’s proposed hydrogen demonstration plant

We want to know what you think about our proposed hydrogen project and what it could mean for you and the region.

Share your feedback by completing this short survey – it will take less than 10 minutes for you to review the information and provide your answers.

The survey will close at 5pm on 10 July 2020.

Funding support

This project received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

Green hydrogen and ammonia export partnerships

Hydrogen and hydrogen carrying products such as ammonia will allow for the export of Australia’s renewable energy resources to international markets.

There is a growing market for green hydrogen in countries such as Japan and South Korea for use in fuel cell vehicles and power generation.

Green ammonia is produced by combining green hydrogen with nitrogen. Green ammonia is in demand in Japan, where the product will be used to help decarbonise coal-fired power generation through co-firing with traditional fuels.

We are forming a consortium of international and domestic partners to drive the green hydrogen and ammonia export opportunity for Central Queensland.

More information

To provide feedback or for more information, contact hydrogen@stanwell.com.