Energy Estate and Hills International College partner to develop solar hydrogen plant in Qld
Energy Estate has announced a partnership with the Hills International College, to jointly develop the Jimboomba Renewable Hydrogen Plant. The plant will include a solar PV system, as well as a renewable production and storage facility at the College campus.
The project forms part of Energy Estate’s HydrogenGrowth platform, which hopes to see green hydrogen opportunities come to fruition throughout Australia and internationally, including several large-scale plants in Queensland.
The Hills Education Foundation, which runs the primary and secondary schools, as well as the golf academy, is also excited to use the new hydrogen facility to provide students with a theoretical and practical hands-on learning experience.
The College’s current 250 KW solar farm produces between 30,000 kWh and 40,000 kWh of solar power per month. According to the College’s website, the Hill Solar Farm was initiated to decrease the school’s carbon footprint and “decrease our dependency on the state grid, thereby also reducing our annual power costs.”
To supply solar energy to the hydrogen plant, the Hills Solar Farm will expand its capacity to 2MW.
“This is a great opportunity to develop the use of hydrogen in South East Queensland in a practical, distributed environment,” stated Kevin Peakman, Energy Estate’s Director of Hydrogen. “We are pleased to support the carbon-neutral goals of the College and provide a meaningful, hands-on opportunity to share that knowledge with the College and its students.”
The Jimboomba Renewable Hydrogen Plant will be able to provide the Hills Education Foundation, Hills Golf Club and other businesses with 24/7 renewable energy, and ensure the school’s campus buses run on hydrogen fuel. The surplus hydrogen produced will be sold in the market primarily for mobility uses.
The project has already received investments from international renewable energy developer, Elecseed, along with Korean government-owned utility KOMIPO (Korea Midland Power Co Ltd). Elecseed and KOMIPO are also developing the Kumbarilla Renewable Energy Park, a 200MW solar farm with green hydrogen facilities in the Western Downs Region of Queensland.
19 January 2021