Queensland's CS Energy to build green hydrogen demo plant

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October 12 (Renewables Now) - Queensland government-owned CS Energy will build a renewable hydrogen demonstration facility near Chinchilla, with construction start expected next year and start-up in early 2023, it was announced on Tuesday.

The facility, to be owned by the state government, will be located next to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station and will produce 50,000 kg of green hydrogen a year.

The move follows a successful feasibility study with IHI Corp (TYO:7013) of Japan and strong interest from potential domestic off-takers.

The project involves a solar farm, battery, hydrogen electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell.

“The Kogan Creek project is an opportunity for publicly owned CS Energy to stake its territory in the hydrogen sector and expand Queenslanders’ ownership of renewable energy assets,” said Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni.

He added CS Energy is looking to support the decarbonisation of the heavy transport and haulage market and is in advanced talks with multiple potential off-takers.

Also on Tuesday, the state government said that publicly-owned renewables generator CleanCo will join the Sumitomo Corp (TYO:8053) consortium seeking to develop a hydrogen industry in Gladstone.

The current participants in the Sumitomo Gladstone project are Sumitomo Australia Pty Ltd, Gladstone Ports Corp, Gladstone Regional Council, CQUniversity Australia and Australian Gas Infrastructure Group. They want to create a hydrogen industry that will help the Central Queensland industries to decarbonise and are also looking at future export opportunities, says Sumitomo Australia chief operating officer David Wilson.

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