the projectS

1/BAMAGA RENEWSATBLE®

OVERVIEW

Located in Cape York, Northern Queensland, Bamaga Renewstable is an innovative hybrid power plant combining a solar photovoltaic farm with an energy storage system based on hydrogen. This design allows the implementation of renewable energy without any intermittency issues.

Bamaga Renewstable has been designed to deliver a clean, stable and reliable power to Bamaga isolated network 24/7 for 25 years. Doing so, it will generate approximately 10.5 GWh each year at a competitive price, supplying electricity to 2,800 people.

Additionally, we are working with our local partner to bring significant benefits to the community through the implementation of the project.

 
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CONTEXT

Bamaga is a small town located about 25 kilometres away from the tip of Cape York. It is one of the northernmost settlements in continental Australia and the second biggest isolated network (by consumption) managed by Ergon.

Due to their remoteness, Bamaga, New Mapoon, Injinoo, Umagico and Seisa ; part of Bamaga isolated network ; are still reliant on diesel generators to produce electricity. Diesel generated electricity is expensive to produce and creates 10,000 tons of CO2 each year (equivalent to 4,000 cars).

However, due to intermittency issues, a 100% renewable energy vision cannot be achieved without energy storage. By combining a solar photovoltaic plant with a mass energy hydrogen storage, Bamaga Renewstable is the alternative to a conventional diesel power plant. It is fuel free, noise free and produces no harmful emission. It only uses solar energy and water to produce electricity and steam.

SERVICE

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Bamaga Renewstable will provide a load-following service to the grid, allowing the diesel generators to be shut down more than 85% of the time. The electricity delivered will be emission free and competitive with diesel generators.

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2/THURSDAY ISLAND RENEWSATBLE®

OVERVIEW

Thursday Island Renewstable plant is innovative hybrid power plant combining a solar photovoltaic farm with an energy storage system based on hydrogen. This design allows the implementation of renewable energy without any intermittency issues.

Thursday Island Renewstable has been designed to deliver a clean, stable and reliable power to both Thursday Island and Horn Island isolated network 24/7 for 25 years. Doing so, it will generate approximately 25.5 GWh each year at a competitive price, supplying electricity to 3,500 people.

One of the benefits of hydrogen energy is the possibility to use hydrogen in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs). Currently the transportation between Thursday and Horn Island is managed by ferry and bus services that are running on fossil fuel. HDF is studying the potential retrofit of these vehicles alongside the construction of a refuelling facility to create a clean transportation service between the islands.

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Additionally, we are working with our partner Cape York Hydrogen, part of the Cape York Partnership, to bring significant benefits to the community through the implementation of the project.

The benefits will consist of the creation of jobs during the construction and operation of the plant, a community ownership of the plant through equity shares and the co-design of a community benefit model that could include benefits such as water supply improvement.

CONTEXT

Thursday Island is a hilly island located about 35 kilometres away from the tip of Cape York. It is the administrative centre of all Torres Strait Islands between Cape York and New Guinea and the largest isolated network (by consumption) managed by Ergon.

Horn Island is located 2.5 km South-East of Thursday Island, it hosts the airport which is the gateway to the mainland and is well connected to Thursday Island via ferry services.

Like all the other Torres Strait islands, Thursday and Horn Island are reliant on diesel generated electricity to meet their need. This diesel generated electricity creates 20,000 tons of CO2 each year (equivalent to 8,000 cars).

However, due to intermittency issues, a 100% renewable energy vision cannot be achieved without energy storage. By combining a solar photovoltaic plant with a mass energy hydrogen storage, Thursday Island Renewstable is the alternative to a conventional diesel power plant. It is fuel free, noise free and produces no harmful emission. It only uses solar energy and water to produce electricity and steam.

SERVICE

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Thursday Island Renewstable will provide a load-following service to the grid, allowing the diesel generators to be shut down more than 85% of the time. The electricity delivered will be emission free and competitive with diesel generators.

TIMELINE

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