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BlueScope, Shell announce plan for green hydrogen future at Port Kembla

BlueScope and Shell have announced plans to design, build and operate a renewable hydrogen electrolyser at Port Kembla. Image source: BlueScope

BlueScope and energy giant Shell have announced a joint venture to develop green hydrogen projects at Port Kembla Steelworks.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate designing, building and operating a pilot-scale 10-megawatt renewable hydrogen electrolyser.

It would be used to test how green hydrogen would work in the blast furnace at the Port Kembla Steelworks.

BlueScope chief executive Mark Vassella said it would be a learning process.

"We are looking forward to seeing what a pilot hydrogen electrolyser can teach us about the production, storage and handling of hydrogen … how hydrogen will behave in a blast furnace," he said.

The companies will also collaborate to develop a "hydrogen hub" in the Illawarra and work on establishing a commercially viable hydrogen supply chain in the area.

"Any future potential hydrogen hub in the Illawarra will need broad support from governments, regulators, customers and suppliers," Mr Vasella said.

In July Shell made international business headlines when it started up a 10MW electrolyser facility to produce green hydrogen at its Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland refinery in Wesseling, Germany.

It had been five years in the making and received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking partnership.

It is understood the companies will investigate blending technologies from experiences in Europe with new research being developed in Australia.

'Tremendously exciting'

University of Wollongong Energy Futures Group director Ty Christopher said the partnership was "tremendously exciting for the Illawarra".



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