Funding to Advance WA Hydrogen Electrolyser Manufacturing
ITM Power has announced that the Government of Western Australia is investing $225,000 to understand the feasibility of manufacturing renewable hydrogen electrolysers in the state.
The manufacture of electrolysers is a key initiative in implementing Western Australia’s renewable hydrogen strategy.
The investment follows a WA Government process which invited a shortlist of electrolyser manufacturers to submit an outline of a business case for the assembly and manufacture of electrolysers. ITM Power was selected to develop a business case.
The business case aims to understand the potential of the hydrogen industry for building a strong renewable hydrogen electrolyser and component manufacturing industry within WA.
The business case is expected to increase the depth of available industry information, leverage private sector funding, promote competition and signal to the market that WA takes renewable hydrogen seriously.
As the expansion of hydrogen production continues, the demand for critical equipment such as electrolysers will increase, presenting a new opportunity for the local advanced manufacturing industry.
Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan said: “Developing WA’s advanced manufacturing capability to produce critical components for renewable hydrogen production just makes sense, as it will increase the resilience of our future hydrogen supply chains.
“Funding this feasibility study is the first step toward manufacturing components for renewable hydrogen within the state. We want to be part of the complete hydrogen technology story.
“We look forward to working closely with the partnership of ITM Power and Linde Engineering in Australia to help WA lead the country in manufacturing renewable hydrogen components,” added MacTiernan.
Dr Neil Thompson, Managing Director of ITM Power, said: “Western Australia’s forward-thinking government is looking to lead Australia in manufacturing the equipment needed to produce renewable hydrogen.
“This sensible approach can create jobs and supply chain opportunities in the state and we are happy to work with the government on this first step.”