Australia: Two Ammonia Plants Powered by Green Hydrogen Planned for Queensland

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $2.9 million for two studies into using solar and wind-powered hydrogen for ammonia. Both projects are located in Queensland and presently use natural gas as feedstock.

In the latest of its green hydrogen funding announcements, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has agreed to back feasibility studies for two massive projects in Queensland. The studies will look at the potential to use solar and wind-powered hydrogen produced via electrolysis to increase ammonia production at facilities which currently rely on gas as feedstock.

ARENA announced it was providing $1.9 million in funding to Queensland Nitrates (QN) to assess the feasibility of the construction and operation of a renewable ammonia plant at its existing facility near Moura. The consortium, led by QN and partners Neoen and Worley, proposes to use renewable hydrogen to supply 20% of the ammonia needs QN’ current ammonia requirements (i.e. 20,000 tonnes of ammonia from 3,600 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year). The electrolysers would be powered by a hybrid supply of wind, solar and stored renewable energy from facilities owned and operated by Neoen. It is still unclear, however, if this would be the French developer’s existing or new projects. Read more…

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