The Surat Hydrogen Project sounds Exciting

the wandoan hydrogen project

I’m getting excited about the Surat Hydrogen Project.

A Sustainable Future for the town of Wandoan, Queensland is hopefully just around the corner.

Located near the picturesque town of Wandoan, Queensland, the Surat Hydrogen Project is set to bring about a remarkable transformation for the 600 (or so) people who call this place home.

Unlike traditional large-scale coal mining operations that scar the Australian landscape, this environmentally friendly project offers a promising future powered by hydrogen gas.

Are we finally embracing a greener tomorrow?

With the Surat Hydrogen Project gaining momentum, Wandoan has the opportunity to become a beacon of eco-tourism instead of just another fly-in fly-out (FIFO) camp for mine workers. This shift marks a tremendous leap forward for the local community, which has long been known for its cattle farming, camping, and fishing.

By embracing hydrogen as a fuel source, the Surat Hydrogen Project paves the way for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

As Australia continues to invest in hydrogen projects like this and the one over in WA, we can rest assured that obtaining hydrogen fuel for our vehicles will be less of a concern in the years to come.  I’m assuming we will not tax the ‘you know what’ out of Hydrogen Cars to encourage people to buy them too.

The Surat Hydrogen Project: Revolutionizing Australia’s Energy Sector.

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of climate change and the need for sustainable energy sources, the Surat Hydrogen Project emerges as a beacon of hope for Australia’s energy sector. This groundbreaking initiative, spearheaded by Glencore, aims to harness the power of hydrogen to fuel a cleaner and greener future.

Understanding the Surat Hydrogen Project.

If the Queensland based Surat Hydrogen Project goes ahead (which I hope it does for all of our sakes), its set to become one of Australia’s largest hydrogen production facilities.   

The parent company involved with this ambitious project has the goal of producing low-emission hydrogen at a rather large scale.   It’s hard not be excited about this project given Australia’s history.

There’s been so man potentially exciting things in the project phase in Australia over the years that have just never got past all the green and red tape we like to throw into the face of investors.  

This project aims to play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions and transitioning towards a more sustainable energy future for Australia.   So surely, if we can’t get this one off the ground, then what hope does Australia ever have of become the centrepiece for any environmentally friendly future discussions around the world.

Glencore, which is the parent company, is a massive and have got a long history with natural resources.   From what I understand, they have partnered with CTS, which is a leading engineering and construction company, to bring this ambitious project to life.

With Glencore having plenty of cash and CTS having a rather decent Brains Trust, they should be able to work together really well, leverage each others expertise, strengths and resources and get this baby happening.   I cannot help but think that the Surat Hydrogen Project has the potential to revolutionize Australia’s energy landscape forever.

Key Features of the Surat Hydrogen Project.

From the little information I could find online, it looks as though the Surat Hydrogen Project boasts several key features that should make it a game-changer in the world of clean energy.  

It’ll be a large scale Hydrogen Production site with an initial capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year.   I don’t know what that equates to in terms of our future but it sure does sound good.   They reckon it’ll ramp up to production levels of around 35,000 tonnes per year later on.   

I asked CHAT GPT the following question: “If I buy a hydrogen car and travel 30,000 kilometres per year, how much hydrogen fuel will my car burn?”  It responded, “If you travel 30,000 km per year in a hydrogen car, the amount of hydrogen fuel your car would burn depends on the fuel economy of your car. 

According to the Chemical Engineer, a hydrogen fuel-cell car has a fuel economy of 199 km/kg. To travel 30,000 km, you would need to burn approximately 151 kg of hydrogen fuel.  If my math is then correct, 10,000 tonnes of hydrogen could get around 66,000 travelling salespeople from A to B in Hydrogen powered vehicles.

So producing 35,000 tonnes per year of Hydrogen sounds very exciting.   This substantial output will contribute significantly to Australia’s hydrogen supply and a zero emissions future for our kids and grandkids.

They mention online that the project will utilize renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, to power the hydrogen production process.  I would love to hear that any vehicles associated with the project were going to be either electric or run on B100 Bio-diesel too, that would be another nice little feather in their cap.

At least by the project making the effort of harnessing clean energy sources, the Surat Hydrogen Project ensures minimal environmental impact whilst helping out our future.

They claim they will also be doing Carbon Capture and Storage as well to further moderate carbon emissions.

This should lead towards Job Creation and Economic Growth for the town of Wandoan, so I’m guessing the locals will now love Glencore a lot.   The cash it draws into the area will provide economic growth for the whole region I guess, which is great if it all happens.

This initiative will not only drive our transition to zero emissions and a sustainable energy powered future but also contribute to local communities in a way they may not have ever thought possible.

The Future of Hydrogen in Australia.

In short, the future sounds very bright.

Hydrogen is increasingly being recognized as a key player in the global energy transition. Australia, with its vast renewable energy resources and expertise in natural resources, is well-positioned to become a global leader in hydrogen production.

Between the work Twiggy Forrest is doing over in the west and this Surat Hydrogen Project (if it ever gets off the ground), we now might start to smile a little more about a greener future for Australia.

For once, all the cool and exciting stuff is actually going to happen in Australia.   I’m so used to this type of thing failing or never getting off the ground because us Ozzies don’t support it.  

They then get frustrated and take all that cool stuff overseas and then we read about how well it’s all going over there, instead of here.

By getting of our backsides and investing in hydrogen infrastructure and research, Australia can unlock new opportunities for economic growth while reducing carbon monoxide poisoning of the planet by giving us perfectly clean hydrogen fuel to drive around with in future years.

The Surat Hydrogen Project might just stand as a testament to what Australia can do if we get out of our own way sometimes.

Imagine what could happen if the whole country gets interest and committed to a hydrogen powered future.

With large-scale hydrogen production projects like this and Twiggy’s Fortescue Future Industries, we might actually end up leading the way in combating climate change and creating a more sustainable world for all future generations to enjoy.

I hope they might unlock the potential that I’m visualising.

One exciting aspect of the Surat Hydrogen Project is the potential for additional developments that align with its environmentally friendly goals.

For instance, the town could explore the possibility of implementing a Biogas Recovery Plant alongside any new sewage works that will almost certainly happen as the town grows. This plant could harness the power of biogas to fuel gas engine-driven power generators, further reducing the reliance on traditional energy sources.

Moreover, Wandoan could position itself as a hub for environmentally friendly towns by adopting innovative technologies such as Sierra Energy’s Fastox Gasification and Cat-HTR (Ozzie Invention). By utilizing these cutting-edge solutions, the town could transform waste into reusable products, including plasticrude for biodiesel production and Syngas for gas engine-driven power generators or as feedstock for either the Surat Hydrogen Project itself or for making more plastics.

By the way, I’ve written about Fastox and Cat-HTR in a few places on my website, please have a look for yourself:

1.    The ‘Loads of Rubbish’ Page

2.   The Electricity from Plastic and Rubbish Article.

3.   Future Biogas Recovery Plants article.

A Model for a Sustainable Future.

The Surat Hydrogen Project is not only a source of excitement for the local community but also for the Queensland Government and the Australian Federal Government. This ambitious project sets a remarkable example for the world, showcasing Australia’s commitment to a sustainable future.   The only assumption is of course, how much red and green tape we will throw at this project.   I just hope we don’t do it again.   Someone in Govt needs to make sure we don’t mess this opportunity up and help with developing the town of Wandoan and that whole region.

As Wandoan evolves into a town driven by hydrogen and sustainable practices, it has the potential to attract visitors interested in environmentally friendly destinations. The once humble town could become a hot spot for eco-tourism, offering a unique experience surrounded by stunning natural beauty and showcasing the possibilities of a greener tomorrow.

 

The Surat Hydrogen Project is a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration. By harnessing the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source, Wandoan and its residents are leading the charge towards a more sustainable future. Let us celebrate this exciting project and the positive impact it will have on the local community and the world at large.

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