February 20th, 2023


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 conditionally awarded to respectively ATCO (Australian funding lead applicant) and Fraunhofer IST (German funding lead applicant)

Project description

ATCO has received a conditional 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.

The German research institute, Fraunhofer IST, as lead applicant for a consortium of partners including the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, received a conditional award of €7.4 million to undertake a range of technical studies in support of project development (that will include 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.


This description has been reviewed by the project proponent.

February 2023