Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen plant announced

One of Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen plants is set to go ahead, with the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) reaching financial close on its Hydrogen Park Murray Valley development.

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a $36.1 million commitment to AGIG for the 10MW electrolyser deployment in Wodonga, Victoria.

The Hydrogen Park Murray Valley project will produce renewable hydrogen to initially be blended into the local natural gas distribution network.

The facility will be located next to North East Water’s Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant, and once complete, will be the largest renewable hydrogen facility on the east coast and equal largest in Australia.

The renewable hydrogen produced will displace natural gas supplied to local customers and industry at blends of up to ten per cent, reducing carbon emissions with no charge to amenity for gas users.

With more than 40,000 connections to the local gas network, the project will supply hydrogen to an estimated 85,000 people spanning the border of Victoria and New South Wales.

At a blend of ten per cent, the project is predicted to cut approximately 4,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

ARENA CEO, Darren Miller, said the project is paving the way for renewable hydrogen in Australia.

“It’s essential to scaling up Australia’s renewable hydrogen industry that we get these first-generation projects up and running,” he said.

“Producing renewable hydrogen on this scale has never been done in Australia.”

Miller said the new facility will help inform Australia’s hydrogen industry as it grows from its early stages to a pillar of the net zero economy.

“ARENA has been at the forefront of advancing renewable hydrogen projects and will continue to play an integral role, as we support the Australian Government’s Hydrogen Headstart program and other large scale projects,” he said.

“What’s exciting about this project is that it will be producing hydrogen that reduces local emissions from day one, with the potential to supply additional markets as they move towards net zero.”

Construction on the project is due to commence in 2023, with the site operational by 2025.

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