Goondiwindi Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Queensland, Australia, is set to expand into hydrogen production, using solar energy following A$2m ($1.4m) of state funding.
Powered by a 2.5MW solar plant, wastewater is planned to be used to produce hydrogen to be sold to local agricultural industries and heavy industry. The oxygen by-product from the production of hydrogen will be used to aerate the wastewater, improving the WWTP.
Steven Miles, Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, commented, “The Queensland Government is supporting Goondiwindi Regional Council and project partners to pioneer the integration of hydrogen production with wastewater treatment.
“This innovative approach to kickstarting a localised renewable hydrogen economy will be supported with the grant from round two of the A$35m ($24.9) Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HIDF).
“It’s possible the integration of these processes will be a model adopted by other Councils as the use of renewable hydrogen energy increases.”
The project, valued at A$15m ($10.7m) is having private sector funding finalised and hopes to accelerate the hydrogen economy in Queensland.
H2 View understands the second round of HIDF will see more than A$20m ($14.2m) allocated to renewable hydrogen projects.
Mick de Brenni, Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen, said, “Projects like this are being progressed across Queensland, leveraging the world-leading energy skills that are abundant in regional Queensland.
“This round of funding is the HIDF’s largest investment so far in our growing hydrogen supply chain.
“We are creating a long-term, thriving domestic renewable hydrogen industry which will give some of the world’s largest companies access to competitively priced renewable energy options here on our shores and that equals jobs in the regions.
“This project joins a growing list of Palaszczuk Government commitments to a clean energy future, one where innovation drives economic growth and delivers high skilled jobs for Queenslanders.”
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