- Edify Energy has successfully secured grant funding through the Federal Government’s Regional Hydrogen Hubs program for the development of Townsville’s Green Hydrogen Hub.
- The Federal Government is contributing $48.2million to Edify’s green hydrogen production facility in the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct near Townsville, Queensland creating new energy supply chains and connecting supply and demand.
- Funding will help secure the production of green hydrogen in Northern Queensland, for domestic use and enable industries of all sizes to transition away from traditional fossil fuels.
- Edify will build and operate the 17.6 MW green hydrogen production plant with a co-located solar photovoltaic and battery storage facility. This is the first stage of Edify’s planned large scale green hydrogen production plant, with subsequent stages focused on significant export volumes from the Port of Townsville.
- The Townsville Hydrogen Hubs funding follows Edify’s and Siemens Energy’s successful German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator (HyGATE) initiative funding from ARENA ($20.74m) and the German Government ( €16.4m)
Edify has successfully secured grant funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Hydrogen Hubs program. The Federal Government funding of $48.2m will support the development of Edify’s consented Green Hydrogen Facility in Townsville, Queensland and the creation of new industry.
Edify will build and operate the 17.6 MW green hydrogen production plant on Thul Garrie Waja country within the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, Northern Australia’s foremost eco-industrial precinct for advanced manufacturing, processing, technology and emerging industries in Townsville, Queensland. The green hydrogen facility powered by co-located solar photovoltaic and battery storage facility will initially produce 800 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum, building up to in excess of 150,000 tonnes of production to service both domestic and export markets from the Port of Townsville.
The high demand for green hydrogen, often referred to as the Swiss Army knife of hard-to-abate emissions, means Edify is in advanced discussions with motivated off-takers, across power generation, heavy industry and transport looking for an alternate clean fuel source to meet net zero targets.
Investment in Townsville’s Green Hydrogen Hub will create new industries, boost local businesses and future-proof careers for the next generation. Project construction, scheduled to commence in 2025, will generate work for around 200 local skilled trades including concreters, plumbers, fitters, electricians and engineers. Working with Townsville Enterprise, University and research partners and technology experts, Edify’s clean hydrogen project unifies the world’s best to ensure Townsville, North Queensland reaps the benefit of this energy revolution.
Townsville is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s premier production and export hub of green hydrogen, with its abundance of renewable resources, electrical infrastructure (including the soon to be built CopperString line), the Port of Townsville and skilled workforce.
Edify Chief Executive John Cole said there is an immense opportunity for Townsville to be at the forefront of Australian and global green hydrogen supply.
“Being the successful applicant for the Townsville Hydrogen Hubs funding is incredibly exciting. It is testament to a lot of hard work and Edify’s track record in leading innovation in the renewable sector. We look forward to delivering our green hydrogen production facility, initially supplying our domestic customers and thereafter export markets from the Port of Townsville at a large scale, which is the end game.
Being at the vanguard of what will be a world-class hydrogen hub in Townsville is incredibly motivating. Today is a watershed moment for Townsville.
There are parallels with the renewable electricity sector from 20 years ago. We thank our many partners including the Federal Government, Queensland Government, German Government Townsville City Council, Siemens Energy, Townsville Enterprise Limited, universities and research partners, local and international customers for buying into the vision and having the stamina to stay with us on the journey to date.”
Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, said renewable hydrogen is a game changer, opening the door to green metals, green fertiliser, green power and supporting industrial decarbonisation.
“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.”
To read more about Edify’s Green Hydrogen Project, head to the project page