HRA and German giant Siemens are announcing plans for a new hydrogen plant in Western Australia, powered by a 5 GW hybrid power plant.
New major renewable project for Western Australia. Developer Hydrogen Renewables Australia (HRA) and Germany’s Siemens have revealed plans for a wind and photovoltaic hydrogen production plant that will not go unnoticed.
When fully operational, the electrolyser will be powered by a hybrid power plant, made up of wind turbines and solar panels, with a total capacity of 5 GW.
For the State, this is the second major project, planned on its territory and dedicated to green hydrogen, after the authorization granted to the Renewable Energy Pole Asia of 15 GW. In both cases, the objective is the same: to structure the local green hydrogen sector for the Australian and foreign energy markets, in particular Japan and South Korea.
The idea of transforming the country into a major exporter of renewable energies, as is already the case with liquefied natural gas (LNG), is taking shape day by day.
Australia has a potential like no other country in the world for the production and export of hydrogen, provided you can act on this opportunity quickly.
Jeff Connolly, CEO of Siemens Australia Pacific.
In this case, the German giant will supply the electrolyser technology, which will be implemented in the north of the town of Kalbarri with the full consent of the local Aboriginal community.
The development of the plant is part of a series of consultations with citizens, as well as the governments of Western Australia and the Commonwealth, Northampton County Council and the local Nanda Aboriginal Corporation, to best integrate the complex possible on the territory. From the Chrono program, an agreement on the use of indigenous lands will be drawn up in 2020.
It is obviously no coincidence that most projects for the production of hydrogen from wind and photovoltaic energy are concentrated in these regions.
The location is the best in Australia for the combination of solar and wind power, making it one of the most convenient points for producing clean energy.
Terry Kallis, CEO of HRA.
In addition, the state government is helping the industry with a $ 10 million ($ 6.7 million) Australian Renewable Hydrogen Fund to stimulate private investment.