Construction starts Aug 2021. Commissioning Dec 2021
Preserve our pristine regions by exploring renewable energy.
Traditionally, remote communities are powered by diesel-generated microgrids. With this project, we’re testing if renewable hydrogen energy can be used to produce baseload power. The power supply for the hydrogen demonstration plant will come from a dedicated solar farm, with the plant expected to generate 526MWh per year, enough power for up to 100 homes.
We’ve secured $5.7m funding from the WA State Government and $2.6m from ARENA to build the plant in Denham, but this project will benefit all regional communities as we research and test the most effective way to move towards 100% renewable energy systems.
Find out more about the project in our fact sheets or send us an email.
We hit another exciting milestone on this project in mid-June, knocking in the first of 570 piles at our solar farm site.
Our 1,344 kW array (consisting of a massive 3,024 panels) will be mounted on these poles over the coming weeks in preparation for powering our hydrogen demonstration plant and contributing to Denham’s grid later in the year.
On 3 June, we successfully completed the changeover to Denham’s temporary power station without causing any interruption to the town’s power supply.
This temporary power station will power Denham for the next three months while we de-energise and upgrade the main power station.
Reaching this important milestone will allow us to replace aged and unreliable equipment, like the switchboard, fuel system, transformer and control system, and moves us another step closer to hydrogen plant construction.
Minister MacTiernan has turned the first sod at our Denham solar farm site, officially kicking off works for this exciting project.
Power station upgrades have also begun, with construction of the hydrogen plant due to commence in August.
Thanks to everyone who attended our community engagement session on Thursday, 25 March at the Shark Bay Bowling Sport and Recreation Club.
We were delighted to share the details about this exciting project with you and listen to your comments and concerns.
Check out our fact sheets for all the guff, or send us your questions.
We’ve awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Hybrid Systems Australia.
This exciting project has been made possible thanks to funding received from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Advancing Renewables Program and the WA Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund.