$300 Million For Bundaberg Hydrogen Project


An eye-watering $300 million has been approved for a large-scale green Bundaberg hydrogen project.  Featuring an 80MW hydrogen electrolyser, the plant will be used to produce clean hydrogen for the Australian hydrogen vehicle developer H2X.

The first of three hydrogen projects has been given the green light in Bundaberg to start development. Using energy produced from solar farms in the region, the Bundaberg hydrogen project will be the first hydrogen manufacturing facility for the small town known for its rum.

The development of the Green Hydrogen Australian Group

Project partners Elvin Group Renewables, Denzo Pty Ltd and H2X have come together to form the Green Hydrogen Australian Group (GHAG). The aim of this group is to develop a sustainable transport revolution through the construction of clean energy H2X vehicles.

H2X is proposing a range of clean energy vehicles including, tractors, heavy machinery and utes. H2X expects to produce prototype vehicles for the Australian market in the commercial and private use sector as well as establishing another manufacturing base in Port Kembla.MGA Blocks unlock renewable grid

The development of the clean energy vehicles allows customers the opportunity to choose other options than fossil fuels. Developing a hydrogen supply within Australia means that customers can always have access to a choice in hydrogen and electrolyser technology.

The other two hydrogen plants are set to be implemented in Wollongong’s, Port Kembla and New South Wales’s Renewable Energy Zones.

The Hydrogen Market

The Bundaberg hydrogen project aims to capture the renewable hydrogen energy market early on in its popularity. As explained by Sam Blackadder, the Australian Government missed the bus on the solar manufacturing market and “let it slip to China.” This time around, hydrogen projects such as the Bundaberg hydrogen project will be emobilised early so that we are not just on the bus, we are instead driving it.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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