What would a green hydrogen plant in Burnie look like?
For comparison, initial investment for a $300 million green hydrogen plant has recently been secured in Western Australia, for what will be Australia’s largest hydrogen plant. It will produce 25 tonnes of hydrogen per day and create 300 construction jobs, and is aiming to be operational by 2022. The hydrogen will replace fossil fuels that produce 78,000 tonnes per year in CO2 emissions. Liquefied hydrogen will be exported to the Asia Pacific region.
Green hydrogen plants need clean energy, clean water, appropriately zoned land (such as General Industrial, or would be discretionary under Rural Resource), good access to port and road infrastructure, and a local community with the capacity to operate the facility, provide training and support the needs of major industry. No wonder Burnie was named in the Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan as a Hydrogen Hub!
You can find out more about the Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan here: https://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/energy_and_resources/energy/hydrogen
Expressions of Interest for Tasmania’s $50 million funding program are open until the 18th of August: https://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/energy_and_resources/energy/hydrogen/tasmanian_renewable_hydrogen_industry_development_funding_program
Image: What a hydrogen plant in Burnie may look like (produced using Google Maps)