Frontier Energy confirms hydrogen tech for Bristol Springs

Rendered map of the Bristol Springs Solar Project site
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Frontier Energy has selected alkaline water electrolysis (AWE) as its preferred technology to produce green hydrogen at the Bristol Springs Solar Project (BSS Project) in Western Australia.

The company said the technology was chosen due to its lower cost and technical robustness compared to other currently available methods.

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AWE is a mature green hydrogen technology having been available at megawatt-scale for longer than other leading technologies, including PEM. As such, it offers the lowest cost per kilowatt of installed capacity, long-term operational stability and plant life. The reduced price
compared to PEM is largely explained by the maturity of the technology and the use of precious metals within the PEM stack.

In addition, Frontier Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hydrogen industry experts Nel Hydrogen and Australian business ENGV to support its hydrogen production strategy.

Frontier Energy managing director Mike Young said, “The global transition towards green hydrogen is evolving at an ever-increasing pace particularly in light of current geopolitics. What is really encouraging is that this will accelerate the evolution of the green hydrogen industry, which is already approaching parity on cost with diesel powered haulage systems.

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“Given these changes, we are accelerating the development of our Bristol Springs Project as we aim to become one of the first commercial green hydrogen producers in Australia. The MOU with Nel and ENGV ensures that our green hydrogen strategy is carried out in the most efficient manner.”

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