Fortescue begins structure hydrogen electrolyser plant that will double international manufacturing

Feb 28, 2022 11:30 AM ET
  • Fortescue Future Industries has begun building and construction of what it claims will certainly be the world's largest electrolyser production facility in Gladstone, Queensland, the first stage of a substantial plant that can additionally make wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, batteries and cable televisions.

Fortescue Future Industries, the recently created green energy part of Andrew Forrest's iron ore realm Fortescue Metals, and also a vital component of his large as well as highly ambitious green hydrogen strategies, claims the firsts electrolysers will roll off the in 2023.

They will be used in FFI's intended green hydrogen facility at Gibson Island.

The hydrogen component of the Green Energy Production Centre at Gladstone becomes part of a previously introduced take care of US-based Plug Power to produce its modern technology in Australia.

FFI states the electrolyser facility will have an initial capacity of 2 gigawatts per annum-- greater than doubling present worldwide production, and sufficient to produce more than 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year.

Woodland as well as FFI, however, have strategies to create 15 million tonnes of green hydrogen a year by 2030, an ambition that would require greater than 200GW of brand-new wind and solar capacity, in Australia or in other places on the planet.

The news came as Forrest introduced his independently possessed Squadron Energy had gotten the large Clark Creek wind, solar as well as battery hub in main Queensland, as well as would start building and construction of the first 450MW wind stage quickly.

FFI claims GEM will be powered by green energy and also end up being a major brand-new air pollution free green production hub, and also will certainly create hundreds of jobs.

The first stage, setting you back some $A114 million will certainly be expanded as present demand indications crystalise. "The GEM has several development phases currently intended right into its manufacturing facility footprint that includes green manufacturing technology such as cords, batteries, wind generators and also photovoltaic panels," it said.

" FFI's objective is to become the world's leading, incorporated, fully renewable energy as well as green products business, powering the Australian economic situation and also creating jobs for Australians as the world changes far from fossil fuels."

Forrest stated in a declaration that the world is going on from fossil fuels as well as the green industrial change is underway.

"Fortescue Future Industries' game changing electrolyser facility in Gladstone is placing Queensland at the centre of this transformation, which is creating a completely new industry and countless multi-generational jobs for Australians," Dr Forrest stated.

FFI Chief Executive Officer Julie Shuttleworth AM claimed the global need for electrolysers is anticipated to soar as the world transitions to brand-new energy resources.

"Fortescue Future Industries is ahead of the curve. The electrolyser facility is readied to be complete by early next year and will promptly scale up to satisfy the growing demand for electrolysers. We prepare to produce other renewable energy parts in future expansions," Shuttleworth said.

She said further stages of GEM will be delivered in expert production lines according to the needs of FFI as well as its clients, and could include the manufacture of wind turbines, high-voltage electric cabling, solar photovoltaic cells, modules as well as ranges, and also associated renewable energy framework.

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