Largest solar and wind powered hydrogen plant to be built at Crystal Brook

Neoen eyes Crystal Brook

The World’s largest solar and wind powered hydrogen plant is expected to be built in the Mid North’s Crystal Brook. 

The State Government has awarded Neoen, the same company who delivered the Tesla battery in Jamestown last year, $1 million from their Renewable Technology Fund, to be put towards a 50MW electrolyser facility on wind and solar farm.

The project follows the release of the Hydrogen Roadmap for South Australia in September last year, which was designed to accelerate investment in hydrogen technologies throughout the state. 

The Hydrogen Superhub is set to be the largest co-located wind, solar and hydrogen facility in the world, creating 260 construction jobs, 40 ongoing positions and at least $600 million in Neoen investments. 

Construction of the plant has not yet been confirmed, yet upon development approvals, a further $4 million and a $20 million loan will be provided to support the construction phase. 

The facility will have the potential to combine up to 150MW solar and up to 250MW wind power, with 20,000kg of hydrogen expected to be produced daily.

Minister for Energy, Tom Koutsantonis says energy storage is the key to delivering very cheap renewable energy around the clock, the reason behind the State Government’s growing support. 

“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 it.”

The proposed superhub is expected to open the opportunity for South Australia to enter an international renewable energy market, taking hydrogen products to emerging Asian markets.

The Managing Director of Neoen Australia Franck Woitiez says this is an exciting project that would not have happened without the South Australian Governments Hydrogen Road Map. 

Three other hydrogen projects are also receiving funding from the Renewable Technology Fund.

  • A hydrogen production, storage and fuel cell system at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus,
  • A 1.25MW hydrogen production facility at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct,
  • 15 MW hydrogen and ammonia production facility to be constructed near Port Lincoln.