Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has achieved another ambitious target, making hydrogen using an electrolyser designed and built by the FFI team.
A small team from FFI’s manufacturing arm developed the innovative electrolyser in their Western Australia facility, producing industrial grade hydrogen for the first time in December.
The outcomes of these projects will inform FFI’s electrolyser technology selection going forward, as FFI works towards building its first Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) in Gladstone.
Stage one of the six-stage project will establish Australia’s first multi-gigawatt-scale electrolyser factory, with an initial capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) per annum and deliver hundreds of jobs in construction which will be presented to the regions supply chain for the first time at the online Connecting Renewable Energy Conference Queensland on April 7.
FFI Chief Executive Officer, Julie Shuttleworth AM said, “FFI’s goal is to become the world’s leading, integrated, fully renewable energy and green products company, powering the Australian economy and creating jobs for Australia as we transition away from fossil fuels. Our manufacturing arm, starting with electrolysers and expanding to all other required green industry products, will herald great potential for green manufacturing and employment in regional Australia.
“Our first facility in Gladstone will become an epicentre for Queensland’s green hydrogen ambitions, building on its skilled workforce, its great foresight in industrial master-planning, a world class port, and a constructive and supportive State Government,” Ms Shuttleworth said.
FFI Chairman and Founder, Dr Andrew Forrest AO, said, “As GEM develops according to FFI’s own requirements and other customer needs, manufacturing will come roaring back to regional Australia, creating many thousands of jobs.
“Fortescue is again ahead of the curve and we are immensely proud to be pioneering a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre in Gladstone.
“This initiative is a critical step in Fortescue’s transition from a highly successful pure play iron ore producer, to an even more successful green renewables and resources powerhouse.”