Edify Energy gains approval for 1GW green hydrogen & battery plant

Renewable energy development firm, Edify Energy has gained expansion approval to build and operate a hydrogen production facility of up to 1 GW and a behind-the-meter solar and battery storage facility within the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Zone located in Townsville, Northern Queensland.

Edify aims to start manufacturing green hydrogen at the site with a 10-megawatt pilot plant before progressively speeding up capacity to satisfy the demands of a developing local and export green hydrogen market.

The organization is also amidst building its Majors Creek Solar Farm that holds a capacity of 200 MW. The farm is expected to supply power to the Lansdown complex. However, Edify has not yet revealed the volume or chemistry of the battery storage facility it plans to construct on the site.

Both Edify and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill applauded the formal clearance, which is the first step in the precinct's development.

Mayor Jenny Hill said in a statement that momentum is ongoing in building behind the construction of northern Australia's first ecologically friendly, sophisticated manufacturing, processing, and technology estate in Townsville.

According to Mayor Hill, the council's planning officers independently reviewed Edify's proposal and accepted it with conditions related to development staging, roads, and traffic safety modifications.

Townsville City Council claims that Edify is one of three businesses that have signed up to establish themselves at the area.

As per the council, a nickel-cobalt ore will be processed into battery-grade nickel and cobalt sulphate by Queensland Pacific Minerals. While the third firm interested in joining is Imperium3 Townsville (iM3TSV), which plans to build an 18 GWh lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing plant.

Mayor Hill claims that the Lansdown Eco-Industrial zone has the potential to considerably enhance the economy of Townsville and North Queensland for decades.

Source Credit - https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/09/22/australian-developer-secures-approval-for-1-gw-green-hydrogen-and-battery-project/