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The government of South Australia has announced funding for what will be the world’s first large hydrogen power plant powered by renewable energy.

South Australia is once again making history for your country. The state will finance the construction of the country’s first large hydrogen power plant, a 15 MW plant powered exclusively by renewable energy.

Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis comments on the project as follows: “South Australia is at the global forefront of a wide range of storage technologies, from large batteries to virtual power plants and pumping plants; it will now also house one of the largest hydrogen production plants in the world. The plant will be built in Port Lincoln, on the Eyre Peninsula; It will be built by Hydrogen Utility in collaboration with the German company Thyssenkrupp, with an investment of 117.5 million Australian dollars, of which 4.7 million will be provided by the State and an additional 7.5 million will come from the Renewable Technology Fund of Australia. from South. “

When fully operational, the plant will produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis, using surplus energy from wind and solar farms. A 10 MW gas turbine and a 5 MW fuel cell will produce electricity as needed, to feed directly into the national electricity grid.

The installation was presented as a “globally significant project“For the hydrogen sector, and its capacity makes it one of the largest hydrogen sector projects in the world.

Hydrogen Utility CEO Attilio Pigneri said the project would demonstrate the possibilities offered by hydrogen production “will provide balancing services to the national electricity grid, as well as a rapid support response to new solar power plants under development on the Eyre peninsula“.

The Port Lincoln facility will store 10 tonnes of hydrogen, or approximately 200 MWh. At the same time, it will produce ammonia which will be sold as fertilizer to local agricultural industries. More renewable energy, the minister concluded, means cheaper energy and the ability to store it means that the benefits of this low-cost energy can be harnessed throughout the day.