Australia's Northern Territory progresses 10-GW green hydrogen project
Source: ARENA (arena.gov.au)
December 14 (Renewables Now) - Technology company Aqua Aerem has secured Major Project Status from the Northern Territory government for a 10-GW project in the Australian outback to produce cheap green hydrogen for domestic consumption and export.
Work on the USD-10.75-billion (EUR 9.5bn) Desert Bloom Hydrogen facility will begin in 2022, with the facility set to produce commercial quantities of green hydrogen from 2023, Aqua Aerem said on Monday.
Initially at Tennant Creek, near existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pipeline networks, Aqua Aerem will install modular and portable 2-MW hydrogen production units (HPUs), each generating water, heat, electricity and hydrogen. At its peak, Desert Bloom Hydrogen will comprise about 4,000 HPUs.
Aqua Aerem is majority-owned by Sanguine Impact Investment, which is providing the project capital and has secured an investment pledge from one of Japan’s largest gas buyers and distributors. Territory Generation, the Australian state’s power utility, plans to off-take hydrogen from the project's initial stages.
Desert Bloom Hydrogen will use Aqua Aerem's proprietary technology that captures water from the air and uses off-grid solar power to produce renewable hydrogen, surmounting existing production hurdles.
“Our air-to-water technology, which solves this previously intractable water supply problem, is a world first; invented and developed here in Australia. This technology will open the door for green hydrogen projects to be located where the best renewable power sources are available, which is generally in the driest areas of the planet," Aqua Aerem co-founder and CEO Gerard Reiter said.
Within two years, Desert Bloom Hydrogen will supply green hydrogen for electricity generation in the Northern Territory. By 2027, it will produce the gas for under USD 2/kg and export about 410,000 metric tonnes of it at full operation.