The Gladstone-based southern oil facility has been given a funding boost to facilitate the demonstration bio-hydrogen-generation unit.
Southern Oil, which recently opened the $18 million Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant in Yarwun, is now looking to produce bio-hydrogen.
“Hydrogen is an important, but expensive resource required for many manufacturing and industrial processes,” said Tim Rose, Southern Oil’s Managing Director. “To be able to produce bio-hydrogen sustainably using waste streams is incredibly exciting as it will reduce running costs for a range of business throughout all of Queensland.”
Moreover, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also revealed the project will enable bio-hydrogen production from multiple biological sources. Compared with other bio-hydrogen plants, the technology is robust enough for industrial processes and is not dependent on natural electricity generation, solar, or biological reactions.
According to Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, the project was funded out of the $5 million Biofutures Commercialisation Program (BCP). It is part of the Advance Queensland Biofutures Roadmap, which was set out to increase the capability and scale of the biofutures industry in Queensland.
Glenn Butcher of Gladstone said: “If the trial is successful, it can be rolled out to other plants and support growth in this industry which is very important for Gladstone.