October 8 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) will be a technology partner in a project for an up to 5-GW wind and solar power complex in Western Australia that will produce green hydrogen and export it to Asian markets.
The Murchison Renewable Hydrogen Project was proposed by Hydrogen Renewables Australia (HRA) at a site on the Murchison House Station near the town of Kalbarri. The facility will convert power from the co-located wind and solar parks into hydrogen by using Siemens’ electrolyser technology, the German firm said on Tuesday.
The project plan contains three main phases, starting with a pilot stage that will see the production of green hydrogen for transport fuels, followed by production of hydrogen for blending into natural gas fuels in Western Australia. The last expansion will enable exports to markets in Asia, mostly Japan and South Korea.
HRA has entered into a heritage agreement with the local Nanda Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) and has its nod to conduct a resource monitoring process. It has also initiated, together with NAC, the development of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement, expected to be completed in 2020. Preliminary talks with main representatives of the local government and key local stakeholders have also been initiated, with a comprehensive communications and stakeholder engagement process with the local community planned to begin next month.
According to Terry Kallis, executive chairman of HRA, the selected location is one of “the most cost-effective” spots in Australia for producing clean energy.