Infinite Green Energy’s goal of delivering Australia’s first commercial-scale green hydrogen at its MEG HP1 green hydrogen project in Northam, Western Australia, is progressing well.

The company has secured all remaining land for the project, including land which provides the option to double green hydrogen production to eight tonnes per day.

It has also secured a site in the Northam commercial site that includes offices, room for the proposed hydrogen refuelling station and storage for eight hydrogen-powered trucks which are expected to use the facility for back-to-base operations.

MEG HP1 builds on the existing 11 megawatt Northam Solar Farm and is expected to produce 4t/d of green hydrogen per day from 2024.

Development of the hydrogen refuelling station is the initial project in a partnership between the company and WA fuel distributor Refuel Australia. Refuel Australia is an Ampol distributor, 50 per cent owned by Ampol Australia. IGE & refuels Australia will jointly manage the new facility as part of its fuel station network across WA and the Northern Territory.

Refuel Australia is on board

“IGE has the land, renewable electricity, project expertise, initial customer base and financing options to produce WA’s first commercial-scale renewable hydrogen in Northam,” chief executive officer Stephen Gauld said.

“Refuel Australia’s experience in the design and operation of refuelling stations enables the final piece in the puzzle – ensuring a convenient and familiar refuelling experience for our end users.”

Refuel Australia managing director Ian Burrows noted that with renewable hydrogen likely to form a significant part of the fuel mix as the world moves towards net-zero carbon emissions, his company was “thrilled” to work with Infinite Green Energy to bring the fuel into its product offering.

“Hydrogen is particularly suited to the medium and heavy transport operators that form the core of our customer base,” he added.

Hydrogen plans

Infinite Green Energy has already secured Expressions of Interests for $75m in financing from UK Export Finance, which also $245m in EOIs for its larger Arrowsmith Hydrogen Plant.

Arrowsmith seeks to produce 23t/d of green hydrogen under its first stage using a combination of renewable energy from solar (65 megawatts) and wind (90MW), enough to offset 118,000t of CO2 emissions – or more than 71,000 cars – annually.

First production is expected in 2025, and there are expansion options to deliver 5 gigawatts of renewable energy and over 300t/d of green hydrogen.

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

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