The world’s largest green ammonia plant powered by renewable hydrogen could be built in Queensland due to a $980,000 funding announcement by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian Government.
Dyno Nobel Moranbah Pty Ltd (Dyno Nobel), an Incitec Pivot Limited business, will receive the funding to conduct and assess the feasibility of building a renewable ammonia facility at its existing Moranbah ammonia plant.
The feasibility study will look at the potential to use renewable hydrogen produced via electrolysis to increase ammonia production at its facility to meet increased demand.
“Hydrogen is a huge opportunity for Australia, both for domestic use and as an export opportunity – and we believe that you cannot realise the export potential without a domestic market, which is why ARENA is looking to fund renewable ammonia and other domestic applications,” said Darren Miller, ARENA CEO.
“As ammonia already uses hydrogen, ammonia production at large scale is an ideal opportunity for us to begin exploring the pathway to lowering emissions through the use of renewable hydrogen in an industrial application, and has existing supply chains and end users,” said Miller.
“Given ammonia production is an energy-intensive industry that accounts for one percent of global emissions, this project could also help the ammonia industry to reduce its emissions by switching to renewable hydrogen.”
The project is aligned with ARENA’s investment priorities focused on accelerating hydrogen in Australia and helping the industry to reduce emissions.