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Queensland-first renewable hydrogen project commences at BOC production facility in Bulwer Island

Leading gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, announced the commencement of a Queensland, Australia-first renewable hydrogen project at its production facility in Bulwer Island, Brisbane.

The $3.1-million end-to-end renewable hydrogen supply project received $950,000 funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and is supported by the Queensland Government.

BOC will install a 220 kW electrolyzer supplied by ITM Power and 100 kW solar array to produce renewable hydrogen through electrolysis at its Bulwer Island site. The electrolyser will have capacity to produce up to 2,400 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per month to power hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV) and supply BOC’s industrial customers.

A state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling station will also be supplied and installed by BOC at a site in Brisbane, with capability to refuel HFCEVs in less than 3 minutes.

John Evans, Managing Director BOC South Pacific said the project will leverage BOC’s existing infrastructure and expertise across the entire hydrogen supply chain, and support the introduction of hydrogen as a zero-emissions fuel in Queensland and Australia.

ARENA CEO, Darren Miller, Chief Executive Officer said BOC’s project would help to encourage other companies to enter the hydrogen market.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2020.



A rather large project for little $$?


2,400 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per month ...
might fuel 50 cars.


The news here is a gas company is using renewable energy to produce hydrogen instead of reforming gas.


Seems to be a research project. But why are they concerned about hydrogen when they get approximately 80%of of their electric power from coal. They would be better off just putting the power in the grid and burning less coal.


sd is no doubt correct.  The most carbon-efficient way to make hydrogen would be to use surplus RE to provide process heat for gasifying coal with steam, converting CO+H2O to CO2+H2 then pumping the CO2 underground and using just the H2.  Even one demo of carbon-neutral coal energy would be valuable.


“We believe that you cannot realize the export potential without a domestic market,” says Darren Miller. Good point. You can’t sell what you don’t understand or use.

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