Among the shortlisted candidates are some of the world's largest renewable hydrogen projects, such as Murchison's 1625 MW project in Western Australia and Stanwell's 720 MW project in Queensland. Together, these projects boast an incredible electrolyzer capacity of over 3.5 GW, highlighting Australia's potential to become a renewable energy hub.
By supporting large-scale production of renewable hydrogen, Australia aims to position itself as a global leader in the hydrogen sector. The diverse range of shortlisted projects further underscores the abundance of hydrogen opportunities within the country.
The chosen applicants will now have the chance to submit detailed applications to secure funding from the $2 billion Hydrogen Headstart Program. This program aims to provide crucial revenue support for these ambitious renewable hydrogen projects.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, expressed his excitement for this major milestone in the industry. He emphasized that Australia holds the largest pipeline of renewable hydrogen projects worldwide, and the Hydrogen Headstart Program will play a key role in turning these projects into a reality. As Australia undergoes its transformation into a renewable energy superpower, renewable hydrogen will not only help achieve net-zero emissions but also create economic opportunities for regional Australia.