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ARENA gave $1.25 million to Stanwell Corporation for renewable hydrogen

Christian Fernsby |
On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $1.25 million in funding to Stanwell Corporation Limited (Stanwell) to assess the feasibility of a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant to be co-located near Stanwell Power Station in Central Queensland.

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Commenced in July last year, Stanwell’s $5 million study is investigating the technical and economic feasibility of the installation of 10 MW or greater of hydrogen electrolysis at the Stanwell Power Station site south-west of Rockhampton. If built, this would be the largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Australia.

Along with determining the optimal design, a key outcome of the study will be to define the highest value end use for the renewable hydrogen produced.

Stanwell Power Station offers a unique proposition in demonstrating the role that renewable hydrogen production can play to benefit the electricity system. The hydrogen electrolyser could be used as a complimentary energy market load that can ramp up in times of excess energy supply, such as peak solar output during the day. The electrolyser could also aid system security through participation in Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) markets or future markets such as Fast Frequency Response (FFR).

By using an existing power station, there are also benefits in being able to use pre-existing land approval, network connection and access to demineralised water which is required for hydrogen production.

With the hydrogen industry in its infancy in Australia, the study would determine the optimal conditions for electrolysers operating at high capacities.

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