Neoen Australia Hydrogen Superhub

“The Crystal Brook Energy Park in South Australia aims to change the role of renewables, from just providing power when available to providing firm power 24-hours a day. This is essential for long-term sustainability and it will be the first of its kind to offer that type of power service in Australia.” Garth Heron, Head of Development, Neoen Australia

Neoen Australia is an Independent Power Producer specialising in renewable energy projects across multiple technologies including solar, wind and storage.

With more than 1 GW of assets under operation or construction in the country, Neoen is the owner and manager of the world’s largest lithium ion battery located in South Australia, which uses Tesla Powerpacks to store up to 100 MW/129 MWh of energy.

The Crystal Brook Energy Park development is a $500 million renewable energy project that combines storage, solar and wind, located about 3 kilometres north of Crystal Brook in South Australia’s Mid-North. The park is a 275 MW renewable energy facility with up to 125 MW of wind generation comprising 26 turbines, 150 MW of solar PV and 130 MW/400 MWh of battery storage with a purpose built sub-station to deliver the power back into the South Australian grid.

The South Australian Government provided Development Approval to the Crystal Brook Energy Park in mid-2019, with construction aimed to begin in the second half of 2020.

The Crystal Brook Energy Park development aims to change the role of renewables from just providing power when available to providing firm power 24-hours a day. This is essential for long-term sustainability and it will be the first of its kind to offer this type of power service in Australia.

The South Australian Government has awarded a $1 million grant to Neoen to conduct a study on the technical and economic feasibility of a hydrogen production facility at the Crystal Brook Energy Park. The proposed 50 MW Hydrogen Superhub would be the largest co-located wind, solar, battery and hydrogen production facility in the world, with the potential to produce about 25,000 kilograms of hydrogen a day using 100 per cent renewable energy.

Having completed the first stage of its feasibility study in late 2018, discussions are underway to optimise the hydrogen production facility, including through hydrogen production at the Crystal Brook Energy Park site or alternatively to construct a direct transmission line to a nearby port for potential export.

The Hydrogen Superhub has significant potential as a world-scale project that can produce large quantities of renewable hydrogen at a competitive price. At the time of awarding funds to Neoen for the feasibility study, the South Australian Government also committed to provide a further $4 million grant and $20 million in loans should the project proceed to financial close and construction.

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