An agreement has been signed to construct the Bundaberg Hydrogen Hub in Queensland, marking the beginning of a plan to build a series of hydrogen production facilities along the east coast of Australia.

The facility, which is estimated to be valued at approximately $300 million, will provide clean green hydrogen for a wide range of industrial and vehicle uses. 

The agreement signed between Elvin Renewables, Denzo and supported by hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer H2X, will start with the development of a state of the art 80MWHydrogen Electrolyser.

It is expected that the project will provide employment for the local community during the construction phase and will offer a range of new skills training for the rapidly growing renewables market.

When completed the hub is targeting production of zero emission clean hydrogen close to 6,000 tonnes each year.

The group also known as Green Hydrogen Australia Group (GHAG), also plans major manufacturing and hydrogen development in Port Kembla in New South Wales.

Sam Blackadder, Managing Director of Elvin Group, described the deal as “groundbreaking” for the development of clean hydrogen fuel.

“Denzo has engaged Elvin Renewables to provide an 80MW Hydrogen Electrolyser through our partnership with US company Plug Power, which specialises in providing hydrogen fuel cell turnkey solutions,” Mr Blackadder said.

“The project will be split into two stages each stage being 40MW.”

Ken Mathews, owner of DENZO, said the companies also aim to co-operate in developing the potential opportunity to supply a portion of hydrogen through a Liquefaction process to produce liquid hydrogen if there is demand.

Mr Mathews said the group aimed to provide as much local content and manufacturing as possible.

“The GHAG will work together diligently to bring out the collective intellectual property and know how in mainly selecting known and proved up technology. 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,” Mr Mathews said.

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

“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.”

The project will be split across two stages with each stage being each 40MW.

According to Brendan Norman, CEO of hydrogen Fuel cell Vehicle manufacturer H2X Australia, the development of the hubs is a part of a long-term strategy to offer clean green hydrogen for use in a wide range of applications.

H2X have embarked upon the development of several prototype vehicles in Australia with particular focus on Port Kembla and the Bundaberg region, which are expected to bring cleaner transport and power solutions to those regions as well as a significant range of high technology jobs and potential for participation in the new energy transport revolution.

“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,” Mr Norman said.  

“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.”

H2X Australia launched in early-2020 announcing that it plans to develop and produce a range of vehicles for industry, commercial and private use with first prototype vehicles scheduled to break cover in the coming months.

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