Edify Green Hydrogen Project

October 27th, 2021

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:

 

Production details:

Approximately 150,000 tonnes per annum of hydrogen (at 1 gigawatt electrolyser capacity)

Location:

Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:

 

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 (of up to 40 MW) 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 project would use recycled water and/or raw water. 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 and the Port of Townsville Limited, in relation to efficient common user infrastructure to support hydrogen export from Townsville.  Edify is working with suppliers on technology choice and design, as well as 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

 

Reviewed: October 2022