World’s largest solar and wind hydrogen plant for SA

Dundonnell

A new solar and wind hydrogen plant, set to be the largest in the world, has received support from the South Australian Government.

The Crystal Brook Energy Park project, proposed by Neoen, would be located near Port Pirie in South Australia.

The facility, dubbed the Hydrogen Superhub, would produce 150MW of solar, up to 150MW of wind, as well as a 50MW hydrogen plant and 400MWh of battery storage.

The on-site hydrogen electrolyser has the potential to produce 20,000kg of hydrogen daily.

The South Australian Government has committed $25 million to Neoen to finalise plans and commence construction of the project, pending development approvals.

The French renewable energy developer company also owns and operates the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia, home of the Tesla lithium-ion battery.

“More renewable energy means cheaper power, and I’m pleased the state government can partner with Neoen to once again develop a world-leading renewable energy and storage project following the construction of the Tesla battery at Jamestown,” SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said, according to ABC.

“Our Hydrogen Roadmap has laid the groundwork for South Australia to become a world leader in the emerging hydrogen production industry, and to benefit from the economic opportunities likely to flow from it.”

The project would create up to 260 jobs during construction, with 40 ongoing positions once operational.