Edify and Siemens Energy are announced as successful proponents in HyGATE Green Hydrogen Funding
Edify Energy, in partnership with Siemens Energy, has conditionally secured grant funding through the Australian – German HyGATE initiative.
HyGate is a joint initiative between ARENA, on behalf of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water (DCCEEW), and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), through Project Management Jülich (PtJ).
Supporting Edify’s Green Hydrogen Project (EGH2) at Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, the HyGATE funding was awarded due to the project’s advanced stage of development and planned innovative technology, namely the advanced electrolyser plant with integrated behind-the-meter renewable energy generation. EGH2 involves the deployment of a 17.5 MW Siemens Energy electrolyser with 21 MW of integrated solar & battery energy storage system to produce a reliable source of green hydrogen for domestic use throughout Northern Queensland. The project is the first stage of a planned 1 GW green hydrogen production facility that will export hydrogen globally through the Port of Townsville.
Northern Queensland is perfectly poised to produce and supply green hydrogen to both domestic and global markets. With an ideal geographic location, an abundance of sunshine and access to water supply, EGH2 is well located near the Port of Townsville, which is executing a $1.5B expansion supporting future export of green hydrogen to global markets.
Aligned with strong community sentiment, along with Local, State and Federal Government emission reduction targets, the funding will help secure the supply of Green Hydrogen in Northern Queensland to enable industries of all sizes to transition away from traditional fossil fuels.
Edify and Siemens Energy will partner with James Cook University and the University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft (FfE) and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The objective is to deliver a number of research packages that complement the project and contribute to increased knowledge for the broader industry. The research will cover four key topics:
- Modelling and analysis of the technical and commercial performance of the facility;
- Improvement potential as the facility is upscaled to its full 1GW capacity.
- Supply chain development for pipeline, export infrastructure, and sea transport;
- Development opportunities for international collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Quote attributable to Edify Chief Executive John Cole:
As a company we have always believed innovation is the corner stone to a successful clean energy transition. This vote of confidence from the HyGATE funding initiative will help to ensure the exciting new industry of green hydrogen will not only benefit our climate, but also the local communities of Northern Queensland, through new job creation and economic prosperity.
Quote attributable Siemens Energy Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Thorbjörn Fors
The HyGATE Green hydrogen funding is a powerful demonstration of collaboration on numerous fronts: bilateral, government-private, and between energy stakeholders. Siemens Energy is committed to working with likeminded partners such as Australian renewable energy leader Edify to provide innovative and sustainable energy solutions. By acting in concert, we will help to drive the global energy transition and strengthen Australia’s position as a hydrogen hub.
Quote attributable to ARENA CEO Darren Miller:
Edify’s project aligns strongly with what we’re trying to achieve through the HyGATE funding initiative in bringing together Australian and German technology and innovation. We’re excited to see what can be learned and achieved through utilising renewable hydrogen in minerals processing and transport applications.
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