Sunshot reveals plans for battery, green hydrogen hub

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Sunshot Energy is proposing to build a new battery and green hydrogen industrial hub in Western Australia powered by renewable energy and with the potential to produce green ammonia and urea, according to Renewables Now.

Up to $1 million in funding has been approved for the first stage of a feasibility study into the Collie Battery and Hydrogen Industrial Hub Project.

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According to the plan, the Collie Battery and Hydrogen Industrial Hub will include a big battery of between 600MWh and 800MWh, which will be four times bigger than the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, as well as renewable energy plants to power the production of an electrolyser for green hydrogen.

The government estimates that the project, if it proves feasible, could create $730 million of new investment in green industries and decarbonisation initiatives, including 500 construction and 400 ongoing jobs for the region.

In addition, the low-cost energy generated by the hub will advantage existing businesses in Collie and encourage the expansion of manufacturing and minerals processing.

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Western Australia Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “It makes sense for Collie, which is at the heart of the South-West energy system, to become a renewable energy industrial hub as we transition away from the coal industry.

“This project will provide a firm basis to progress a renewable energy hub in Collie.”

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