Siemens partners with Hydrogen Renewables Australia for 5GW green hydrogen plant

Siemens AG has announced a partnership with Hydrogen Renewables Australia (HRA) that will deliver a 5GW combined solar, wind and hydrogen production facility in Western Australia.

The Murchison Renewable Hydrogen Project will produce green hydrogen from the energy generated by the solar and wind elements of the facility, utilising Siemens’ electrolyser technology.

The hydrogen will then be exported from the facility, near the town of Kalbarri on the coast of WA, to markets in Asia. A joint statement by Siemens and HRA said the project’s location makes it ‘one of the most cost-effective’ spots in Australia to produce clean energy.

HRA will begin with a pilot stage and has six years to scale up the project to enable exports to Japan and South Korea. Murchison could supply up to 10% of Asia’s hydrogen demand at full capacity, said CEO Terry Kallis.

Meanwhile, Siemens Australia Pacific CEO Jeff Connolly said: “Australia has potential like no other country in the world for hydrogen production and export, as long as we act upon the opportunity quickly.”

Australia’s green hydrogen export market could be worth up to US$7 billion by 2030, according to a report conducted for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) last year.