The Goondiwindi Regional Council is proposing to install 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 being sought from local businesses.
Goondiwindi Regional Council
|Main end-use classification:
Under evaluation – Stage 1 energy and heating for industrial businesses
AUD$15 million – total estimated Stage 1 project value
Potential for up to 1,350 tonnes per annum (once project funding is secured and with sufficient uptake from local businesses)
AUD$2 million – Queensland Government Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (Round 2 award)
The Goondiwindi Regional Council (‘Council’) is proposing to install a hydrogen production facility at the Goondiwindi wastewater treatment plant. The power generated from a 2.5 megawatt (MW) solar plant and wastewater would produce hydrogen that would be sold to local customers. The oxygen generated would go back into aerating wastewater, improving the wastewater treatment plant’s efficiency.
Council has indicated that consultations with several large industrial businesses in Goondiwindi have occurred, who have shown interest in converting to using hydrogen once available.
The project has a total estimated value of AUD$15 million. Council is contributing AUD$150,000 towards detailed design, legal and administrative costs of the hydrogen project, with a further AUD$3.4 million in principle marked for the completion of the necessary renewal of the wastewater treatment plant. The remainder of the costs of the project would be funded by private equity and external funding sources.
Once project funding is secured, and with sufficient uptake from local industry, Council anticipates that hydrogen production could be up to 1,350 tonnes per annum.
The project is in the final stages of detailed design and if the project meets currently expected timelines, Stage 1 of hydrogen production could be anticipated by end 2023.
In May 2022, the Queensland Government announced funding support for the project through a AUD$2 million grant from its Hydrogen Industry Development Fund.
Updated: September 2022