Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    Funding to advance hydrogen electrolyser manufacturing in WA

    12/10/2022 7:00 AM
     
    • State Government investing $225,000 to deliver a business case for local electrolyser manufacturing in WA, through a partnership of ITM Power and Linde Engineering
    • Electrolyser manufacturing is a key initiative in implementing the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy 

    The Western Australian Government is partnering with ITM Power and Linde Engineering in a $450,000 study to develop a business case for the manufacturing of hydrogen electrolysers within the State.

     

    Electrolysers are a core component of producing renewable hydrogen through electrolysis, a chemical process which separates water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules using electricity.

     

    Global forecasts project the demand for electrolysers capacity will increase from 0.3 gigawatts today, to close to 850 gigawatts by 2030, and almost 3,600 gigawatts by 2050.

     

    Western Australians could have up to 100 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen generation capacity in the State by 2030.

     

    As the expansion of hydrogen production continues, the demand for critical equipment such as electrolysers will increase, which presents a new opportunity for local advanced manufacturing industries.

     

    In June 2022, the McGowan Government invited ITM Power in partnership with Linde Engineering in Australia to develop a business case for local electrolyser assembly and manufacture.

     

    The business case aims to identify the site, costs, and local demand needed to get upstream manufacturing underway.

     

    Electrolyser manufacturing is a key initiative in implementing the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.

     

    Under the Climate Action Fund, $500,000 has been allocated to support industry proponents in undertaking feasibility studies regarding the potential size, scale and market for electrolyser manufacturing, assembly, and maintenance opportunities.

     

    These studies will allow the State to better position itself in the supply chain for renewable hydrogen, by providing clearly defined opportunities around potential manufacturing capabilities.

     

    To read more about Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, visit https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/western-australian-renewable-hydrogen-strategy-and-roadmap

     

    Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "Developing WA's advanced manufacturing capability to produce critical components for renewable hydrogen production just makes good sense - as it will increase the resilience of our future hydrogen supply chains.

     

    "Funding this feasibility study is the first step toward manufacturing components for renewable hydrogen within the State. We want to be part of the full technology story in hydrogen.

     

    "We look forward to working closely with the partnership of ITM Power and Linde Engineering in Australia to help WA lead the nation in renewable hydrogen component manufacturing.

     

    "Other industry players involved have been advised that they would also be welcome to seek partnerships with us in the future. We are keen to work with any company that wishes to invest in manufacturing in WA."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6200