Siemens and Hydrogen Renewables Australia are partnering to develop a 5GW solar and wind farm in Western Australia that will produce renewable hydrogen for potential export to Asia.
The Murchison Renewable Hydrogen Project is proposed to be developed in three stages: firstly a demonstration phase providing hydrogen for transport fuels; secondly an expansion to blend with natural gas in the nearby Dampier to Bunbury pipeline; and thirdly a large expansion to produce hydrogen for the Asian markets, notably Japan and Korea.
“We believe that Murchison Renewable Hydrogen Project’s location is the best in Australia for combined solar and wind, making it one of the most cost-effective spots to produce clean energy,” said Terry Kallis, Executive Chairman of Hydrogen Renewables Australia.
“We also believe that the project will contribute significantly to the national, state and local objectives for new investment, new jobs, renewable energy sources and new export markets.”
“This project will not only help local industry but also the growing demand for green hydrogen from Asian and other markets. Imagine exporting West Australian sunshine and wind to the world in the form of hydrogen.”
Siemens Australia Pacific CEO Jeff Connolly said, “Australia has potential like no other country in the world for hydrogen production and export – as long as we act upon the opportunity quickly.”
“It’s heartening to see strong recent bipartisan leadership at both federal and state levels for hydrogen. There is a clear appetite for hydrogen around the world due to the energy transition away from fossil fuels and the need to decarbonise industry, transport systems and more. Not only Asia, but also Europe and other parts of the world are eyeing Australia as potential giant in hydrogen.”
The project’s initiatives are also aligned with Western Australia’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy designed to help put the state at the forefront of what will be a major new global energy industry.
The strategy cites hydrogen as a means to export the state’s world-class solar and wind resources to help international trading partners meet their emissions reduction goals, as well as supporting local industries transition to a lower carbon future.
Hydrogen Renewables Australia has undertaken preliminary discussions with key representatives of the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments, the local Northampton Shire Council, the local Nanda Aboriginal Corporation and several other key local stakeholders.
The project has received favourable initial response from key stakeholders. A comprehensive communications and stakeholder engagement process with the local community is being planned to commence in Kalbarri for November 2019.