January 3rd, 2024


ATCO has received Australian funding under the German-Australian HyGATE initiative to undertake a feasibility study of proposed renewables-based, large-scale hydrogen and ammonia production facilities in Port Kembla, New South Wales.

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Main end-use classification:

Industrial process – ammonia production


Under development – project at feasibility study stage

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Other involvement:


Production details:

1 GW electrolyser, estimated 800,000 tonnes ammonia production


New South Wales, Australia

Announced funding:

German-Australian HyGATE Initiative: ARENA-administered Australian funding of AUD$0.8 million and German funding of €7.4 million awarded to respectively ATCO (Australian funding lead applicant) and Fraunhofer IST (German funding lead applicant)

Project description

ATCO has received an Australian funding award of AUD$800,000 to undertake a feasibility study, ‘ScaleH2’, that would include a (renewables-based) 1GW hydrogen production facility and an 800,000 tonnes per annum ammonia facility located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.

ATCO’s Australian Project Partners include the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, who will undertake research as part of this funding on technology development targeting electrolyser capital cost reductions and improved efficiencies.

The German research institute, Fraunhofer IST, as lead applicant for a consortium of German partners, were awarded €7.4 million to undertake a range of technical studies in support of project development in collaboration with the Australian Project Partners, including electrolyser efficiency, coating and plate technologies, and underground storage solutions.

The aim of ScaleH2 is to develop and execute a strategy for a hydrogen export value chain from New South Wales to Germany.


January 2023: ARENA announces funding recipients from the Australia-Germany HyGATE initiative.

November 2023: ATCO commences feasibility study.


Updated: January 2024