Edify Energy has announced that it has been granted development approval to build and operate a 1 GW green hydrogen production plant, as well as a behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic and battery storage facility within the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct in Townsville, Queensland.
According to Edify’s statement, the initial development involves generating green hydrogen from a pilot scale facility of 10 megawatts and increasing capacity in stages to meet the needs of a growing domestic and export green hydrogen market.
Edify’s CEO John Cole welcomed Townsville City Council’s approval of the development application.
“We’re very pleased to be a leading player in the establishment of the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, a blueprint for new age environmentally sustainable industrial ecosystems.” Mr Cole said.
“The eco-industrial precinct not only supports the use of natural mineral resources for advanced manufacturing and production, but also the use of renewable energy from the approved and co-located Majors Creek Solar Power Station, utilising advanced grid friendly technology and storage to dispatch renewable energy when it is most needed.
“Electricity from renewable sources is an essential part of green hydrogen production and the decarbonising of advanced manufacturing in Australia.”
Townsville City Council Mayor Jenny Hill said ‘momentum continues to build; behind the development of northern Australia’s first environmentally sustainable, advanced manufacturing, processing and technology estate in Townsville.
“Edify’s application is a major vote of confidence in our city, our developing green hydrogen industry and our Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct,” he continued.
“Edify’s desire to establish itself at the precinct supports Council’s ongoing efforts to work with both the State and Federal Government through the Townsville City Deal to get the precinct investment ‘turn-key’ ready as soon as possible.”