Located within the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, approximately 46km south of Townsville, Queensland, the green hydrogen facility is in the development phase. The plant is being developed by Edify on a 63ha site south of Woodstock.
Edify has been granted development approval to build and operate the green hydrogen production plant of up to 1 GW, as well as a behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic and battery storage facility within the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct in Townsville, Queensland.
The Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, on Thul Garrie Waja country will be an integral part of Australia’s first environmentally sustainable advanced manufacturing, technology and processing hub. The facility’s green hydrogen will meet the urgent need domestically and across the world for this emission-free fuel. Investment in green hydrogen will create new industries, boost business and future-proof careers.
Edify, in partnership with Siemens Energy, has conditionally secured grant funding through the Australian – German HyGATE initiative. A joint initiative between ARENA, and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the 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.
Edify and Siemens 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 partnership will deliver a number of research packages that complement the project and contributes 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.
Existing rail and road infrastructure connecting Lansdown to the Port of Townsville makes the precinct an excellent location to lead the development of exporting hydrogen to global markets as well as meeting the growing need domestically.
In November 2021 Edify Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Townsville to investigate the process and feasibility of exporting green hydrogen through the city’s Port. This is an important first step in realising Townsville’s potential as a powerhouse of green hydrogen exports. Head to the Port of Townsville to read more about the MoU
A non-binding MOU was executed in November 2021 with Edify and Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) regarding the supply of green hydrogen from the facility at Lansdown. The purchase hydrogen will supplement QPM’s gas supply. To read the press release, click here.
As a founding member of North Queensland Hydrogen Consortium (NQH2), Edify stands shoulder to shoulder with industry leaders to create a complete hydrogen ecosystem that will create new economies, develop new skills, and create jobs for Townsville. Learn more about the goals of NQH2 on their website.
The CSIRO’s HyResource website is an excellent source of information for Australia’s hydrogen industry. For current information on industry developments, and further reading of Edify’s green hydrogen project, visit the CSIRO HyResource website.
Green Hydrogen has the potential to help maintain Australia’s place in the world as an energy export superpower. Research shows that demand for green hydrogen could be as much as 3,200,000 tonnes by 2030.