HyEnergy Project - Green Hydrogen 

Highlights

  • World class wind and solar resources of the Gascoyne Region within close proximity to key infrastructure provides potential for the establishment of a Renewable Green Hydrogen Project capable of supplying domestic and international markets

  • Extremely supportive government in emerging Green Hydrogen Industry set to fast-track projects

  • Western Australia’s Hydrogen Strategy to support renewable hydrogen industry with a goal of 10% mix of renewable hydrogen in the DBNGP by 2030.

Location

The HyEnergy Project is a potential ‘Renewable Green Hydrogen Project’ that is located in Western Australia's Gascoyne Region and covers a flat lying arid landscape with low intensity pastoral land use. With the Gascoyne's climate and wind patterns, renewable energy is an attractive and viable option⁹. This low competing land use and proximity to a large regional centre and associated infrastructure of Carnarvon, means the project area is ideal for installation of a commercial scale wind and/or solar farm. The hydrogen industry is in its infancy here in Western Australia, but it is truly amazing how swift and significant the move into sustainable energy by both governments and corporations around the globe has been of late.

Green hydrogen produced from renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy, looks set to play a significant role in navigating society towards a decarbonised future and meeting the global aim of net zero emissions by 2050.

Location Map of HyEnergy Project highlighting highest suitability ranking by Geoscience Australia for prospective hydrogen production regions of Australia.

Some of the key highlights of the HyEnergy Project are listed below:

  • Infrastructure, existing Dampier Bunbury gas pipeline within close proximity to potentially instal spur line and provide Hydrogen Feedstock in DBNGP for domestic or export use.

  • Infrastructure, room for offshore Ship Loading Facility in the future for export market.

  • Wind, ranked 4th in Western Australia for mean wind speeds recorded per annum¹².

  • Wind, located along coastal region with the greatest wind potential.

  • Solar, identified flat arid area with minimal competing land uses for large solar array network.

  • Solar, Carnarvon has a very rich solar resource averaging 211 sunny days per year, with an average solar exposure of 22 MJ/m2 /day (or 6.24 kWh/m2 /day)¹³.

  • Water, potential site to extract sea water for electrolyser plant.

  • Water, covers least saline and highest potential area of the world class Birdrong Aquifer if used as alternate water source.

  • Geothermal, high geothermal potential in the Carnarvon Basin if geothermal power options are explored to generate renewable electricity.

  • Supportive Government, The Regional Centres Development Plan (RCDP) is about attracting business, investment and people to support the growth of WA's Regional Centres and SuperTowns. This means a stronger economy and a better quality of life for the people in regional WA – and for the benefit of all Western Australians.

Funding from Government on both a State and Federal level directed at developing the Hydrogen Industry include:

o  Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy $10m.

o  Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) $70m.

o  Australian Government Advancing Hydrogen Fund $300m.

⁹ Gascoyne Regional Development Plan 2010-2020 (February 2010)

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