In order to produce renewable hydrogen for potential exports to Asia, Siemens AG has announced to partner on a 5000 megawatt combining solar and wind farm in Western Australia.
Based on a joint statement from developer Hydrogen Renewables Australia (HRA), the Murchison facility will use electrolyser technology for converting power from solar energy and wind units into hydrogen. Furthermore the project will take place in the north of the coastal town of Kalbarri. Sources claim the location is the “most cost-effective” in Australia to produce clean energy.
Furthermore, HRA has six more years to augment the project and thus increase the exports to South Korea and Japan, in order to assure full capacity by 2028. According to a statement released by the Chief Executive Officer Terry Kallis, HRA could thus supply about 10% of Asia’s hydrogen demand. Reports estimate the total investment to be about A$10 billion ($6.75 billion).
Since Australia has announced the launch of hydrogen projects, Murchison has been the latest addition. The project is expected to increase the exports into South Korea and Japan. Based on a report from 2018, the industry could be worth $1 billion annually by 2030.
The project will be developed in stages. The first phase is a demonstration phase which will provide hydrogen for transport fuels. The second phase will witness the process of blending natural gas in the nearby Dampier-to-Bunbury pipeline. The third and final stage will involve the expansion to produce hydrogen for Asian markets.
Reports allege, HRA has initiated preliminary talks with the federal and state governments. Consultation process with stakeholders will allegedly begin in November.
“Australia has potential like no other country in the world for hydrogen production and export, as long as we act upon the opportunity quickly,” commented Siemens Australia Pacific CEO Jeff Connolly.