The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $1.25 million in funding for Stanwell to assess the feasibility of a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant co-located near Stanwell Power Station in Central Queensland.
Stanwell is aiming to encourage the growth of a hydrogen export industry in Central Queensland which would drive energy load growth in the region, ease pressure on the electricity network and support the growth of renewable energy.
Stanwell’s $5 million feasibility study commenced in July last year and is investigating the technical and commercial feasibility of the installation of 10MW or greater of hydrogen electrolysis.
The deployment of a large scale electrolyser will demonstrate a pathway to hydrogen industry scale-up and export from Central Queensland in the medium term.
Along with determining the technical design, configuration and options for utilising the existing infrastructure at the site, a key outcome of the study will be to define the highest value end use for the renewable hydrogen.
Stanwell is committed to developing a green, carbon neutral product. The project will purchase energy and green certificates from renewable energy projects in the region equivalent to 100 per cent of energy requirements and/or co-fire biomass to cover the energy requirements of the production process.
Read the full ARENA announcement online.
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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.