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Plug Power to supply 5-MW PEM electrolyzers for Australian green H2 projects

Plug Power has been selected to supply two 5-megawatt (MW) proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer systems for green H2 projects in Tasmania, Australia, under development by Countrywide Hydrogen Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of ReNu Energy Limited (ReNu Energy).

Plug’s electrolyzer systems, which were selected by Countrywide Hydrogen, will be installed at planned production facilities in Brighton near Hobart and Western Junction near Launceston. The 4,200 kg/d of H2 produced at these two sites will be used to decarbonize road transport and natural gas sectors in Tasmania.

“Plug is pleased to support Countrywide Hydrogen with its ambitious green H2 projects in the state of Tasmania,” said Plug CEO Andy Marsh. “The plants are strategically located to leverage existing infrastructure, and Plug’s PEM electrolyzer systems are a perfect complement to the plant designs.”

The H2 will be produced via electrolysis with renewable power planned to be initially sourced from the state grid, with subsequent supply from behind-the-meter solar and power purchase agreements from wind, solar and hydropower operators. The water will be supplied from TasWater’s network.

The design includes a second electrolyzer at each site to meet increased H2 demand. It ensures a secure supply by implementing electrolyzer redundancy and use of tube trailers for H2 storage. The storage system ensures that the sites can support one another in the event of unexpected outages. The sites will include connections to the TasGas network, allowing injection of H2 into the network as well as supply to local industry.

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