$70m investment for Townsville renewable hydrogen hub in North Queensland

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The Australian Government will invest up to $70m to develop the Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in north Queensland, creating at least 200 renewable energy jobs.

The Albanese Government is investing up to $70 million to develop the Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in north Queensland, creating regional jobs and supporting Australia’s future as a renewable energy powerhouse.  

The project delivers on the Government’s election commitment to establish a hydrogen hub in North Queensland.

It will create at least 200 direct job opportunities for local electricians, plumbers, fitters and concreters during construction, as well as ongoing jobs in technical and engineering roles.

The initial stage of the hub will produce 800 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, enough to fuel over 40 heavy vehicles a year. It will ramp up to around 3,000 tonnes for domestic supply, and ultimately in excess of 150,000 tonnes for export.

The hub, led by Edify Energy, will produce green hydrogen for use by local industry and in zero-emissions transport. It will also deliver a 17.6 MW domestic production facility with integrated renewable energy generation and battery storage.

Edify and its partners – including Siemens Energy, Queensland TAFE, James Cook University and Townsville Enterprise Limited – will work with industry bodies to provide education and training to ensure Townsville’s workforce is skilled and ready to develop and sustain the region’s hydrogen industry.

“Investing in Townsville’s hydrogen industry is investing in Australia’s future. The global shift to clean energy and decarbonised economies is a huge economic opportunity for North Queensland,” says Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

“We are determined to grasp this opportunity and are investing half a billion dollars into regional hydrogen hubs all around Australia,” says Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Construction will begin next year and be complete in 2026, with initial commercial operations scheduled to start in 2027.

The project has over $137 million of combined investment. The Commonwealth’s contribution is up to $70 million, including $20.7 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The remaining funding is being sourced from industry and the German Government.

“Renewable hydrogen is a game changer, opening the door to green metals, green fertiliser, green power and supporting industrial decarbonisation,” says Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen.

“The whole world needs renewable hydrogen, and regional Australia is ready to provide it,” says Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen.

“With its port, expertise in exports and access to Queensland’s abundant solar resources, Townsville is ideally placed to help power the world with Australian renewable energy and create jobs in regional Australia,” says Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen.

This Australian-German collaboration brings together Germany’s expertise in hydrogen technology and Australia’s potential to be a world leader in producing and exporting renewable hydrogen.

Townsville is part of over $500 million in Commonwealth funding for hydrogen hubs in regional centres like Gladstone, Bell Bay, Kwinana, the Pilbara, Port Bonython and the Hunter.

Source: Australian Government 2024

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