Infinite Blue Energy’s flagship Arrowsmith green hydrogen project has taken another step forward with a referral to the WA’s Environmental Protection Agency for assessment.

The proposal for Stage 1 of the project, which is expected to produce up to 23 tonnes of hydrogen using solar and wind energy generated at a site about 270km north of Perth, provides a description of the proposed construction and operational activities for the plant.

It also includes a baseline environmental description of the project land and identifies the key environmental factors and impacts, along with proposed mitigation measures.

With the receipt of the proposal, the EPA now has 28 days to determine whether to assess the proposal and, if so, at what level of assessment.

Chairman Peter Coleman said the referral was a key deliverable for Infinite Blue Energy and the renewable hydrogen industry while chief executive officer Stephen Gauld said it placed the company in a leadership position as it progressed both its Northam and Arrowsmith hydrogen plants.

“IBE has completed extensive environmental approval and studies work across the Arrowsmith site,” Gauld added.

“Green hydrogen production creates no harmful emissions, and we have worked to minimise the environmental impact of construction and operation.

“23 tonnes/day of green hydrogen production will offset greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking more than 71,000 cars off the road, so we are confident that the Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project has a significant net environmental benefit.”


Green hydrogen proponent

The company’s Arrowsmith project will produce green hydrogen using a combination of renewable energy from solar (65 megawatts) and wind (90MW) at an initial rate of about 23t/d.

It is expected to come online in 2025 and will serve the domestic Western Australian energy and transport markets.

There is also room for the project to expand to 125/t production capacity as the market develops and export opportunities are pursued.

Infinite Blue Energy is also developing the MEG HP1 green hydrogen plant in Northam, where it recently acquired the existing 11MW Northam Solar Farm.

This solar farm will power a 10MW hydrogen electrolyser and battery storage to produce up to 4t/d of hydrogen to support WA based waste management companies for use in back-to-base refuse collection vehicles and in fleet vehicles local to MEG H1.

This article was developed in collaboration with Infinite Blue Energy, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

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