In a step towards Queensland’s (QLD) renewable future, development of the state’s first renewable energy peaking plant is now underway.
Led by a partnership between CS Energy and GE Vernova, hydrogen-ready peaking generation units will be supplied, in an effort to decrease QLD’s reliance on fossil fuels.
The equipment will be supplied to the Brigalow Peaking Power Plant, which will be rolled out at the future Kogan Creek clean energy hub in the Western Downs.
“The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant will have fast-start capability – taking just five minutes to go from cold to full output, and thanks to Queensland’s public ownership keeping energy assets in the hands of Queenslanders, we can deliver it,” QLD Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said.
“The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant demonstrates the opportunity for real action on climate change, moving away from fossil-fuels to green hydrogen produced here in Queensland from our abundant sun, wind and water.
“We know that green hydrogen has the potential to deliver 10,000 jobs and boost the economy by $33 billion by 2040, and that is why we’re backing this venture, as part of our commitment to the greatest jobs, climate and export opportunity in a generation.”
The peaking plant will be capable of operating on 35 per cent renewable hydrogen, with a potential pathway to 100 per cent hydrogen over time.
The power station is expected to be operational by 2026.