Applications have opened for the federal government’s Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program – Townsville, with eligible consortia invited to apply for matched grants worth between $30 million and $70 million aimed at stimulating investment in the region.
Guidelines for the grants were released in January by the federal government, which has cited Townsville’s port facilities, workforce capacity, and proximity to Asian trading partners as making it an ideal location for a green hydrogen hub.
Such hubs “co-locate producers and users of hydrogen in metropolitan, regional and remote areas” which is considered “as a cost-effective route to achieving scale” for the nascent green hydrogen industry, according to the program’s overview.
Eligibility requirements include that projects must be delivered within the Townsville region, have at least $60 million in eligible expenditure, and be completed by March 31, 2027.
Applications are assessed in a two-step process, with initial expressions of interest followed by invitations for full proposals at Stage 2.
An online information session will be held on March 2, 2023, with those interested invited to seek more information via [email protected].
Applications close at 5 pm on April 27.
Further information about applications can be found here.
Picture: Port of Townsville