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

We are exploring opportunities for hydrogen to be a part of our portfolio as Queensland transitions to the energy market of the future.

We are collaborating with key partners to help drive down the cost of hydrogen technologies and support the development of the industry.

Opportunities and benefits

The growth of a green hydrogen export industry will:

  • create jobs and investment;
  • support electricity security and reliability; and
  • underpin renewable energy growth and investment.

Hydrogen projects

Central Queensland large-scale green hydrogen export opportunity

We are working with Japan’s largest hydrogen supplier, Iwatani Corporation, to establish a consortium of international offtakers, investors and government agencies who can help us to develop large-scale hydrogen production in Central Queensland, with the view to exporting hydrogen to Japan.

Central Queensland hydrogen concept study

In 2020, we completed a concept study that looked at the potential for developing a large-scale green hydrogen industry in Central Queensland.

The study found that Central Queensland’s high quality renewable energy resources, available land and water, and access to major port infrastructure make it an ideal location for establishing a large-scale hydrogen industry. The study also confirmed that there is still some way to go before hydrogen will be commercial.

Demonstration plant feasibility study

With the support of ARENA*, we conducted a feasibility study into a 10 MW hydrogen demonstration plant at Stanwell Power Station.

The study investigated the production of hydrogen through electrolysis, which uses an electrical current to split water and create hydrogen, with oxygen as the only by-product. The purchase of energy from renewable energy projects in the region to deliver a carbon neutral hydrogen product was a critical component of the study.

The study found that current domestic pricing for green hydrogen would not cover the high capital costs of electrolysers. Without grant funding to cover this gap, the economic feasibility of this project is challenging and not commercial at this time. The feasibility study identified Central Queensland as an ideal hydrogen development and export location.

Details of the feasibility study and its outcomes are available in the Demonstration Plant Feasibility Study Report.

*The feasibility study 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.

More information

For more information or to discuss opportunities to participate in hydrogen industry development within Central Queensland, contact hydrogen@stanwell.com.

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