Hydrogen industry powers forward with $300 million hub announced for Bundaberg

A $300 million hydrogen production facility will be constructed in Bundaberg in the first of a series of facilities planned for the east coast of Australia by local hydrogen vehicle start-up H2X.

An agreement signed by Australian companies Elvin renewables and Denzo Pty Ltd will see a state of the art 80-megawatt Hydrogen Electrolyser constructed, capable of producing up to 6,000 tonnes of zero emission clean hydrogen per year.

The project will be supported by H2X, who are aiming to bring automotive manufacturing back to Australia through the development of hydrogen powered vehicles at their Port Kembla base.

Together, the three parties have formed the Green Hydrogen Australia Group (GHAG), with the Bundaberg facility adding to the groups pre-existing project in Port Kembla.

With the GHAG looking to further the manufacturing and development of hydrogen facilities in Australia while bringing down costs, Ken Mathews of Denzo Pty Ltd said the partnership would help put Australian on the map internationally in terms of hydrogen production technology.

“The GHAG will work together diligently to bring out the collective intellectual property and know how in mainly selecting known and proved up technology,” said Mathews. “This will reduce the capital expenditure and increase the returns on investment and offer the huge benefits of the uses of Hydrogen as a clean energy fuel.

“Both Bundaberg port and Kembla port projects are advancing well for port depots producing hydrogen and we seek a third port possibly in NSW.

“The alliance of the Denzo-Mathews Group with H2X Automotive and the Elvin Renewables Group coming together as GHAG forms a formidable team to advance the use of Hydrogen in Australia and internationally.”

With H2X looing to revolutionise the Australian transport industry, CEO Brendan Norman was confident that the new hydrogen projects will deliver much more than clean powered vehicles, with an influx of jobs in construction and advanced technology manufacturing expected to arise as the project gets underway.

“As part of an organisation pursuing Green Hydrogen activities confirms our choice of Australia as the best place in the world to start a sustainable transport revolution. We see incredible opportunity going forward with GHA and working together with Mathews family and Elvin Group is further affirmed as a great cooperative team for Australia’s future,” said Norman.

H2X aims to launch their first FCEV, the Snowy SUV, in 2022.

14 September 2020

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