The Goondiwindi Regional Council in partnership with The Hydrogen Collective (H2C) is installing a hydrogen production facility at the Goondiwindi wastewater treatment plant, with the resulting produced oxygen used to improve the efficiency of its wastewater treatment and offtake for the produced hydrogen secured from local businesses.
Goondiwindi Regional Council, The Hydrogen Collective
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Stage 1 – local agricultural and industrial businesses (hydrogen), wastewater treatment plant efficiencies (oxygen)
Under construction – operations anticipated in the first part of 2024
AUD$8 million – total estimated Stage 1 project value
Stage 1 electrolyser capacity of 2 MW, with potential future stages of 10MW+ producing up to 1,525 tonnes of hydrogen per annum
AUD$2 million – Queensland Government Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (Round 2 award)
AUD$6 million – external funding sources
AUD$3.5 million – Goondiwindi Regional Council (supply and application of oxygen offtake)
Goondiwindi Regional Council has entered into a 20-year agreement with The Hydrogen Collective (H2C) to commence construction on the Goondiwindi Hydrogen project which will install a hydrogen production facility at the Goondiwindi wastewater treatment plant.
Stage 1 electrolyser capacity (Alkaline) is at 2-megawatt (MW) with hydrogen production capacity at around 300 tonnes per annum. Longer term, there is potential for at least 10MW of electrolysis capacity producing up to 1,525 tonnes per annum.
The power generated from a (new) 2.5 megawatt (MW) solar array and wastewater would produce hydrogen that is initially earmarked for local customers, including agricultural users and heavy industry. The oxygen generated would go back into aerating wastewater, improving the wastewater treatment plant efficiency.
The project has a total estimated initial value of AUD$8 million for Stage 1. Future stages would be activated based on the development of local demand for renewables-based hydrogen.
In May 2022, the Queensland Government announced funding support for the project through a AUD$2 million grant from its Hydrogen Industry Development Fund. Goondiwindi Regional Council has contributed AUD$150,000 towards detailed design, legal and administrative costs of the hydrogen project, with a further AUD$3.5 million allocated for the installation and supply of electrolytic oxygen for the wastewater treatment plant. External funding sources of AUD$6 million have been secured for the initial stages of the project with further capital to be committed once local demand for hydrogen increases.
In June 2023, Council entered into a 20-year agreement with The Hydrogen Collective (H2C) in as the project developer for the site. Council will provide the site, access to the wastewater and H2C will develop onsite hydrogen and oxygen capacity and develop local demand. Oxygen off take has been secured with the Council and hydrogen offtake has been secured with local businesses.
The project is expected to be operational in early 2024.
Updated: October 2023