A massive energy project on WA’s south coast dwarfs the largest hybrid green-energy operation. In fact, according to one of Australia’s leading sustainability experts and leading scientists, this project will help produce enough power to supply energy for the whole country.
In addition, Western Australia’s Hydrogen Minister, MacTiernan, said that, while it’s still early, the Western Energy Hub should grab and commit to this excellent opportunity to establish a more efficient strategy than exporting and producing gas and iron ore.
Moreover, Peter Newman, the sustainability professor at Curtin University, said that the establishment and commitment of the strategy could generate up to fifty gigawatts of bioenergy. This is notable since this capacity is approximately twelve times more than West Australia’s current power grid’s size.
Additionally, according to Newman, we have all the needed space, sun, and investment opportunities, ticking all the boxes. Moreover, the said proposal was revealed last Tuesday. This aims to build a fifteen-thousand-square-kilometer wind-and-solar renewable energy hub.
Moreover, this will be built on traditional land located on the west part of the coastland or Bight, extending towards the inland of Norseman. The current most massive renewable energy structure in the world is already a 736-square-kilometer energy plant in India.
In addition to this, the talented and skillful groups behind this proposal, CWP Global and Intercontinental Energy, said that the hub could generate three million and five hundred thousand tons of green hydrogen or twenty million green ammonia tons every year for export and domestic consumption.
This is notable since the hydrogen market’s value has been expected to increase to $2.5 trillion in 2050.
Ammonia and Hydrogen Game-Changers
Aside from this, Curtin University’s sustainability professor, Peter Newman, reported that the proposed project on the Nullarbor Plain’s WA side could generate enough power equal to Australia’s total energy capacity.
However, former Western Australia’s Scientist of the Year also admitted that the power couldn’t be directly fed to the grid. He said that the power would make ammonia and hydrogen highly required for heavy transport, planes and ships, and big trains and trucks.
In addition, Professor Newman also stated that ammonia had been considered an alternative to making heavy transports greener, and hydrogen could be utilized for mineral processing.