Port Lincoln to get leading edge hydrogen power plant


A 15MW hydrogen electrolyser power plant will be constructed near Port Lincoln, in what will be a globally-­significant demonstrator project for the emerging hydrogen energy sector.

Hydrogen infrastructure company Hydrogen Utility (H2U), working with German-­based electrolysis and ammonia specialist thyssenkrupp will deliver the $117.5 million project, with the assistance of a $4.7 million grant and $7.5 million loan from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund.

The proposed facility will integrate a portfolio of innovative hydrogen technologies, including a 15MW electrolyser plant, a distributed ammonia production facility, and a 10MW hydrogen-­fired gas turbine and 5MW hydrogen fuel cell, which will both supply power to the grid.

The electrolyser plant will be one of the largest green hydrogen production facilities worldwide, and among the first ever commercial facilities to produce distributed ammonia from intermittent renewable resources that can be used as an industrial fertiliser.

Hydrogen can be produced from renewable sources such as wind or solar through electrolysis.

Surplus electricity from renewable generators is used in an electrolyser to split clean water into hydrogen and oxygen. That hydrogen can then be used to power fuel cell vehicles, make ammonia, generate electricity in a turbine or fuel cell, supply industry, or to export around the world.

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