Australian energy retailer Origin Energy is going to conduct a $3.2 million feasibility study into building an export scale green hydrogen and ammonia plant in Tasmania’s Bell Bay. The greater than 500 megawatt plant would produce more than 420,000 tonnes of zero emissions ammonia per year. The produced ammonia and hydrogen could potentially be used, among other things, as transport fuel or for electricity generation.
According to the proposal, the plant will produce green hydrogen from sustainable water using renewable energy. To create ammonia, the hydrogen will be combined with nitrogen extracted from the air. The created ammonia can then be shipped to export markets.
The feasibility study, which will be part funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Tasmanian Government, is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Were the project to succeed, first production is targeted for the mid-2020s.
Felicity Underhill, Origin general manager of future fuels, said: “We are excited to be partnering with the Tasmanian Government on this groundbreaking plan to use 100 per cent renewable energy and sustainable water to power one of the world’s first export scale green hydrogen and ammonia plants. Hydrogen produced from renewable energy has tremendous potential to support decarbonisation in Australia and overseas because it is one of the most abundant elements in the universe and can be produced with zero emissions.“
She added: “Origin has been exploring how hydrogen can best fit into Australia’s energy system and is progressing a number of opportunities. As an integrated energy company operating in key parts of the value chain, Origin is ideally placed to develop large scale green hydrogen and ammonia projects and connect them to markets, either to stimulate a domestic hydrogen economy or to enable the export of energy produced from renewable sources.”
Source: Origin Energy │ www.originenergy.com.au
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