Edify Green Hydrogen Project

January 30th, 2023

Edify Green Hydrogen Project

The project proponent has received Development Approval for a 1-gigawatt (GW) renewables-based hydrogen production facility to be located at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct near Townsville, Queensland.  The facility can be constructed in stages to meet market demand.

Main proponents:

Edify Energy

 

Main end-use classification:

Export potential, domestic use

Status:

Under development – 1 gigawatt Development Approval granted

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

Siemens Energy – technology partner

 

Production details:

First stage planned deployment of a 17.5 MW electrolyser; planned full scale capacity targeted at 1 GW electrolyser capacity (approximately 150,000 tonnes per annum of hydrogen production)

Location:

Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:

German-Australian HyGATE Initiative: Australian funding of AUD$20.74 million and German funding of €16.4 million conditionally awarded to Edify Energy (Australian lead applicant) and Siemens Energy (German lead applicant)

Project description

Edify Energy has developed into commercial operation 800 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar PV and battery storage projects.

Edify Energy has secured 107 hectares of land at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct following a successful bid in a tender application in June 2020. A further 9.7 hectares was conditionally committed to Edify Energy for a potential sub-station to connect the Precinct to the high voltage powerline network and wider energy grid into the future.

The Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct is being developed by the Townsville City Council.

After lodging a planning application in April 2021, Edify Energy received Development Approval by Townsville City Council in September 2021 for a 1 GW renewables-based hydrogen production facility with behind-the-meter renewable electricity and storage capability at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct.

The Development Approval allows for the project to be constructed in stages, in line with domestic and export use cases. The first stage of the development involves the deployment of 17.5 MW of electrolyser capacity with 21 MW solar PV integrated behind the meter to produce renewable hydrogen for domestic industrial and transport applications. The project would use recycled water and/or raw water. At full capacity, the project would have the ability to produce around 150,000 tonnes of renewables-based hydrogen per annum.

Edify Energy is working with key stakeholders, such as the Townsville City Council, the Department of State Development, and the Port of Townsville Limited, in relation to efficient common user infrastructure to support hydrogen export from Townsville.  Edify is working with Trade Investment Queensland and Austrade in relation to potential project partners.

Edify Energy is also developing the nearby Majors Creek Solar Power Station (around 400 MW with 4 hours battery storage) which would support industry at the Precinct.

Edify Energy is a founding member of the NQH2 consortium that is progressing a hydrogen hub in North Queensland.

In November 2021, it was announced that Edify Energy and the Port of Townsville had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate the process and feasibility of exporting hydrogen through the city’s Port.

Also in November 2021, Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) announced a non-binding MoU with Edify Energy regarding the supply of renewables-based hydrogen from the Lansdown project.  The hydrogen purchased would supplement QPM’s gas supply.

Under the terms of the MoU, Edify Energy would supply and QPM would purchase:

  • 100,000 gigajoules equivalent (or approximately 750 tonnes) per annum of renewables-based hydrogen gas.
  • 4.2 x 106 Nm3 of oxygen gas; and
  • Up to ~4,000kL of wastewater

In January 2023, under the German–Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator (HyGATE) initiative, Australian funding of AUD$20.74 million and German funding of €16.4 million was (conditionally) awarded to Edify Energy (Australian lead applicant) to develop, construct and operate the Edify Green Hydrogen Project in partnership with Siemens Energy (German lead applicant).

 

Updated: January 2023