H2C presses go on Goondiwindi Hydrogen project

Aerial photograph of river and homes in Goondiwindi, Queensland (hydrogen)
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The Hydrogen Collective (H2C) has greenlit plans for its $15 million Goondiwindi Hydrogen project thanks to a 20-year agreement with the Goondiwindi Regional Council.

The new hydrogen production site will utilise wastewater from the Goondiwindi WWTP and a new onsite solar array, to produce green hydrogen. The lesser-known by-product of this process is oxygen which will be utilised to increase long-term capacity and operational efficiency for the facility.

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This innovative approach not only addresses environmental concerns associated with wastewater treatment but also positions the Goondiwindi region as a pioneer in the production of green hydrogen.

H2C managing director Simon Shaw said council was forging a pathway that other councils could follow.
“With over 1,200 wastewater treatment plants around Australia, there is an opportunity to feasibly produce and distribute green hydrogen and other renewables to nearby local businesses and residents.

“Producing and using renewable energy within the local area supports local economic growth and the reduction of carbon emissions across the region,” Shaw said.

“Signing the agreement today allows H2C to contract the locals who will build the facility and the locals who will use the green hydrogen produced.”

The council’s contribution of $3.5 million is limited to upgrading the existing WWTP facilities. These upgrades were anticipated in the coming years, irrespective of the hydrogen project.

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H2C has secured $6 million for the initial stages of the project with further capital to be committed once local demand for green hydrogen increases.

Construction will commence in Goondiwindi within the next month with the operation scheduled for completion by the end of the year.  

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