The Queensland government announced that publicly owned CS Energy entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with Japanese owned IHI Engineering, to complete the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant in Queensland’s Western Downs. Construction is expected to begin in September 2022.
The project includes the co-location of a solar farm, battery, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen storage, hydrogen electrolyser and out loading facility. The entire plant will be solely powered by the collocated solar farm and aims to produce up to 50,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen each year by 2023.
As part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery and ambitions to be a hydrogen and renewable giant domestically and internationally, the Queensland Government will provide $28.9 million in funding from their $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.
Considered one of the most advanced renewable hydrogen projects in Queensland, it provides several opportunities. It will significantly boost the heavy transport and haulage sector, but will also contribute to CS Energy’s recently announced collaborative plans to export hydrogen to Palau.
The commitment by the Queensland government illustrates the appetite to become a hydrogen leader, “they put their money where their mouth is”.
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