The Federal Government is investing to $70 million to develop the Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in north Queensland.
The initial stage of the hub will produce 800 tonnes of green hydrogen per year and will ramp up to around 3000 tonnes for domestic supply, and in excess of 150,000 tonnes for export.
Led by Edify Energy, the hub will also deliver a 17.6MW domestic production facility with integrated renewable energy generation and battery storage.
Along with partners Siemens Energy, Queensland TAFE, James Cook University and Townsville Enterprise Limited, Edify will work with industry bodies to provide education and training to Townsville’s workforce.
“Renewable hydrogen is a game changer, opening the door to green metals, green fertiliser, green power and supporting industrial decarbonisation,” Minister for Climate Change Chris Bowen said.
“The whole world needs renewable hydrogen, and regional Australia is ready to provide it.
“With its port, expertise in exports and access to Queensland’s abundant solar resources, Townsville is ideally placed to help power the world with Australian renewable energy and create jobs in regional Australia.”
Construction will begin next year and is set to be complete in 2026, with initial commercial operations scheduled to start in 2027.