IHI Engineering Australia to build Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant

WCN Editorial Team 23 Mar 2022 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

IHI Engineering Australia, a subsidiary of IHI Corporation Japan, has been appointed by CS Energy to build the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant near Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia.

Work on the site will commence in six months.

Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said that the government will offer A$28.9m for the project and a refueling network from the government’s A$2bn Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.

Currently, CS Energy’s plans for the refueling network in the Australian province are in the development phase.

The Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Project will generate 50,000kg of renewable hydrogen annually once it becomes operational next year.

de Brenni added: “It is one of the most advanced renewable hydrogen projects in Queensland, with CS Energy’s recently announced collaboration with Japan’s Sojitz Corporation to export hydrogen to Palau, as well as strong interest from potential offtakers in the domestic heavy transport and haulage sector.

“Queensland has a unique competitive advantage in the production of renewable hydrogen, with our proximity to Asia, established infrastructure, manufacturing capabilities and renewable energy generation.”

This project is expected to create 20 jobs during construction phase and will support local businesses and jobs.

De Brenni added: “This project highlights the significant value of Queensland’s publicly owned power stations in the diversification of our State’s future energy portfolio.

“The demonstration plant’s hydrogen electrolyser will only be powered by behind-the-meter solar energy, making it one of the few truly renewable hydrogen projects in Australia.”

IHI has expertise in renewable hydrogen and has worked with CS Energy on a feasibility study of the Kogan project in 2021.

This project includes the co-location of a solar farm, hydrogen electrolyser, battery, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen storage and out loading facility.

To be built next to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station, the project will only be powered by renewable energy from the solar farm.

Construction is expected to commence in September this year following the finalisation of the development approvals.

CS Energy will operate and maintain the facility.

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Image: An artist's impression of the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant.Credit: CS Energy.

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