The Kogan Hydrogen Demonstration Plant concept includes co-location of a solar farm, battery, hydrogen electrolyser and a hydrogen fuel cell at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station (fuelled by black coal and commissioned in 2007, and pictured) according to a statement from the Queensland government.
“CS Energy is pursuing this project to ensure we have the technical capability to enter the hydrogen market once it becomes more commercially viable,” said CS Energy CEO Andrew Bills.
“The project will prove up the virtual power plant, production of green hydrogen and use of a battery to facilitate renewables.
“The plant may also be able to provide other services like Frequency Control Ancillary Services, which are important for grid stability, and which will be scoped as part of the joint feasibility study.”
The announcement on Tuesday follows Stanwell Corporation’s partnership with Japan’s Iwatani Corporation in November 2020, said the state’s minister for renewables and hydrogen Mick de Brenni.
“Queensland has a unique competitive advantage in the production of renewable hydrogen, with our proximity to Asia, established infrastructure, manufacturing capabilities and renewable energy generation,” de Brenni added.
It also follows last month’s news that Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation will set up a production facility in Gladstone, Queensland with engineering company JGC Holdings to produce green hydrogen using small-scale, solar-powered electrolysers.
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