New study provides opportunities for electrolyser manufacturing industry in WA

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The Western Australian Government has partnered with international hydrogen technology companies to create a business case for new electrolyser manufacturing facilities in the State.

The business case involved conducting feasibility studies on the potential size, scale, and market for electrolyser manufacturing and examining assembly and maintenance opportunities.

The findings of ITM Power and Linde Engineering’s Knowledge Sharing Report highlight clear opportunities in manufacturing capabilities.

The report proposes various policy measures to promote the growth of the electrolyser manufacturing industry in Western Australia.

“Developing a global-scale electrolyser manufacturing industry in WA will enable the State to better positions itself in the renewable hydrogen supply chain,” Hydrogen Industry Minister Bill Johnston said.

According to the State Government, a two-gigawatt-per-year electrolyser manufacturing facility has the potential to:

  • Generate around 200 direct engineering technician positions and 1,000 indirect jobs;
  • Contribute $200 million to the local economy through associated services each year, and
  • Assist in developing around 18,000 new jobs during the construction phase of new hydrogen projects, as well as up to 2,500 continuous maintenance jobs.

“An update of WA’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy is currently underway, which will consider options to explore how gaps in the supply chain can be addressed,” Minister Johnston said.

“Companies seeking to pursue electrolyser manufacturing opportunities in WA are encouraged to apply for grant funding under the next round of the Investment Attraction Fund,” the Minister added.

Also published in Australian Resources