Western Australia to host 50-GW hydrogen project

Plans for a 50-GW hydrogen hub in Australia powered by solar and wind energy were announced by a consortium on Tuesday.

The proposed USD 70-billion Western Green Energy Hub project will deliver up to 3.5 million tonnes of green hydrogen per year or 20 million tonnes of green ammonia per year.

The site will sit on 15,000-square-metre lands in the southeast of Western Australia and use both solar and wind resources. The average wind speed at the site is nine metres per second and solar irradiation has been measured at 2,000 kWh per square metre, with an expected delivery capacity of 70%.

The consortium proposing the project consists of Mirning Green Energy, InterContinental Energy and CWP Global. The latter pair have also planned the 26-GW Asian Renewable Energy Hub project, which was recently rejected by the state on environmental grounds. This USD 36-billion project has been given approval for its first phase of development and continues its detailed design and engineering works.

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