The Hydrogen Collective (H2C), an Australian project developer, has revealed plans to build a solar-powered production facility in the state of Queensland. The plant, which will be commissioned later this year, will supply commercial customers with green hydrogen. Construction is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks.
H2C said the Goondiwindi Hydrogen project is entering the procurement and construction phase following the announcement of a financial investment decision and the formal execution of a 20-year agreement with the Goondiwindi Regional Council.
H2C said the new hydrogen production facility will use a 2.5MW solar panel and wastewater from the Goondiwind Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to produce green hydrogen through electrolysis. According to early estimates, the plant could produce up to 1,350 tons of renewable hydrogen. per year.
While most of the initial output is reserved for local customers, including agricultural users and heavy industry, H2C, which is responsible for producing and selling the project’s hydrogen, said it can now confirm supply arrangements to other companies, governments and companies. project consortia that require green hydrogen.
“As the majority of green hydrogen projects currently under development do not supply the domestic retail market, H2C is uniquely positioned to discuss viable supply solutions with companies and projects located on Australia’s east coast,” the company said. “While most of the project’s initial supply has been secured for locals in Goondiwind, H2C has the ability to rapidly increase green hydrogen production to meet additional requirements. Pending volume needs, this delivery may begin in the first quarter of 2024.”
H2C said construction on the Goondiwindi Hydrogen project will start next month. It is supposed to be in use before the end of the year.
Brisbane-based H2C said combining the green hydrogen production facility with the wastewater treatment plant helped solve problems related to securing the water supply. About nine liters of water are needed to produce 1 kg of green hydrogen by electrolysis and 8 kg of oxygen as a by-product.