Solar hydrogen plant to power Queensland college, golf course, buses

A “campus-scale” eco-friendly hydrogen plant will be developed at a Queensland school that specialises in professional training and golf guideline, in a joint endeavor in between Hills International College and Energy Estate.

Energy Estate said on Monday that it had formed a collaboration with the College to jointly develop the Jimboomba Renewable Hydrogen Plant, including a solar PV system and hydrogen production and storage facility, at the Hills Jimboomba campus south of Brisbane.

The task is being established by Energy Estate under its HydrogenGrowth platform, which aims to develop a range of big and small scale “green hydrogen” chances in Australia and overseas, including a number of large-scale plants in Queensland.

International renewables developer, Elecseed, and Korean government-owned utility KOMIPO are also supporting the project through their investment to expand the existing 250kW Hills Structure Solar Farm, Energy Estate said.

The plan is to broaden that solar farm, which was commissioned in 2017, to 2MW to provide the hydrogen plant being established by Energy Estate, which in turn will supply Hills Educational Structure and Hills Golf Club with 24/7 renewable power, while also fuelling the campus’ coaches.

“This is a great opportunity to establish the use of hydrogen in south east Queensland in a practical, dispersed environment,” said Energy Estate director of hydrogen, Kevin Peakman.

“We are also pleased to support the carbon neutral goals of the College and provide a significant, hands-on opportunity to share that knowledge with the College and its trainees.”

For the Hills Educational Structure, the not-for-profit that runs the College, the task fits with its dedication to provide trainees with both theoretical and useful hands-on learning experience in renewable resource and hydrogen production.

“The Foundation has actually advanced towards a carbon neutral objective by establishing big ground based solar centers, transforming our diesel buses to operate on hydrogen leading to lowered diesel consumption, and are in the procedure of developing a green hydrogen production center and energy storage capacity,” said CEO Joseph Marinov.

“This multi-faceted job, that also includes possibly providing oxygen to the adjacent wastewater treatment plant to reduce functional expenses, shows how making use of renewable resource to generate hydrogen can advance the hydrogen economy in Australia.”

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