State-owned Stanwell Corporation and Acciona Energia, a subsidiary of Spanish conglomerate Acciona, have signed a MoU on future energy supply for proposed hydrogen production and export through a 3 GW green hydrogen facility planned for Queensland, Australia. This facility is proposed to be powered by solar PV.

Stanwell has partnered with a group of Australian and Japanese energy companies to build a large-scale electrolysis facility at Aldoga, some 20 km northwest of Gladstone, with the goal of creating green hydrogen for export to Japan and local usage. Since the CQ-H2 project was launched, land at Aldoga has been secured, a planning study has been completed, a feasibility study has been announced, and now an MoU has been signed that provides for a direct connection between the hydrogen production facility and Acciona’s proposed Aldoga Solar Farm.

The Aldoga Solar Farm, which was originally planned to have a capacity of 250 MW, is now expected to have a capacity of 600 MWp after Acciona got authorisation from the Queensland government for a considerable expansion of the project. The projected CQ-H2 green hydrogen project is expected to start producing in the mid-2020s, with a capacity of more than 3 GW by the early 2030s. Construction of the Aldoga Solar Farm is set to begin in September 2023, with generation expected to begin in December 2025.

REGlobal’s Views: Various large companies are planning to set up solar based green hydrogen projects in Australia as the country has massive untapped resources of solar and wind power.