Sun Metals to build renewable hydrogen plant in Queensland

28 Jul 2020

Sun Metals Corporation will build a renewable hydrogen facility in the city of Townsville in far north Queensland after receiving a A$5 million grant from the Queensland Government’s Hydrogen Industry Development Fund.

Sun Metals, the Australian subsidiary of Korea Zinc Company Limited, will co-locate the renewable hydrogen facility at its zinc refinery in Townsville.

‘Sun Metals is delighted to start its hydrogen journey with the support of the Queensland Government,’ says Sun Metals’ CEO Kiwon Park.

‘This first phase of our hydrogen project will only be the beginning of developing a substantial renewables hydrogen industry based in Townsville that we hope in the long term will create export opportunities.

‘The hydrogen project is part of Sun Metals’ long-term plans for a totally integrated operation including our zinc refinery, solar farm and other operations at Stuart,’ adds CEO Park.

Sun Metals established its zinc refinery in Townsville in 1996. The company built a 125MW solar PV plant to supply the refinery in 2018, becoming one of the first major energy users to source some of its electricity demand from renewables. The solar plant was the largest operational industrial solar project in Australia at the time.

Australia is committed to growing its hydrogen industry. In November 2019, the Australian Government unveiled its National Hydrogen Strategy. It has pledged over A$370 million to jumpstart hydrogen projects with the help of low-cost financing and build the industry by 2030.

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