QEM starts studies on solar and wind farms for green hydrogen

QEM will start a pre-feasibility study into developing solar and wind farm projects at its planned vanadium and oil shale mine near Julia Creek in north west Queensland.

Apr 08, 2021, updated Apr 08, 2021
The Banana Ridge wind farm has progressed

The Banana Ridge wind farm has progressed

The renewable energy projects would be used to create hydrogen as a fuel source for nearby mining projects.

QEM has already commissioned a study on the capital and cost requirements of producing hydrogen at the site and the latest study by DNV would include solar farm resource mapping and modelling as well as a preliminary solar voltaic system design.

It will also produce a preliminary wind turbine layout and assess wind farm resource mapping and modelling.

QEM managing director Gavin Loyden said the company was progressing the green hydrogen strategy.

“Engaging DNV demonstrates that we are swiftly laying the foundations for green hydrogen opportunities at Julia Creek,” he said.

“The Julia Creek site receives significant sun exposure and DNV has already noted that the site is substantially flat which bodes well for installation of wind power generation.

“Importantly, advancing our green hydrogen strategy will enhance the development of our Julia Creek vanadium and oil shale project.”

Vanadium is used in rechargeable batteries as an alternative to lithium-ion.


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