Today (July 27) the Government released its findings from its three feasibility studies which received a$2.6m ($1.8m) in funding from the Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Fund.

The three studies focused primarily to outline options to achieve short-term goals stated in the Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan (TRHAP) which includes targets of local production, consumption and export of green hydrogen in Tasmania.

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ABEL Energy, Origin Energy, and Grange Resources all received a share of the grant to investigate larger scale green hydrogen production projects.

The investigated projects were:

Origin’s Bell Bay export scale green hydrogen and ammonia plant, with plans to produce approximately 420,000 tonnes of green ammonia annually;
ABEL’s 100MW green hydrogen and methanol export project in Bell Bay; and
Grange’s 90-100MW green hydrogen project to provide process heat to its Port Latta Facility

In its knowledge-sharing information report from the Bell Bay Green Ammonia Project for Export (GRAPE) study, Origin Energy, said, “A range of studies were completed, and it was determined that the project is technically feasible provided that project inputs and infrastructure are available within the project timelines.

“Economic and development feasibility was not fully demonstrated, with maturity on product pricing and community acceptance required.”

It is hoped the studies findings will encourage the deployment of a package of measures, delivered through TRHAP which could see Tasmania become a global producer and exporter of green hydrogen by 2030.


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