3.6 GW solar-powered hydrogen project announced for Queensland

A newcomer to the Australian renewable energy scene, Austrom Hydrogen has unveiled plans to develop a large solar project, battery storage and hydrogen generation facility in Queensland.

Australian renewable energy company Austrom Hydrogen has secured land near the Port of Gladstone for its ambitious project that could feature a 3.6 GW solar-powered hydrogen facility. The project called Pacific Solar Hydrogen will join the growing group of gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project announcements across Australia.

Planned for the North Callide region 70 km from Gladstone, the Pacific Solar Hydrogen project has begun initial environmental impact studies and irradiance monitoring and is currently liaising with key industry stakeholders to streamline the development process.

The company said its key strategic decision was to “place priority on securing enough suitable land to be able to generate enough in-house solar power and battery support to supply all the energy necessary for the large-scale hydrogen facility”. While this marks an important milestone, the next, even bigger step is to secure finance and offtake deals.

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