Kumbarilla Renewable Energy Park (K-REP) aims to deliver an innovative solar-hydrogen hybrid solution to drive the future of renewable energies in Queensland and Australia.
Developing conjoining on-site green hydrogen production facility with solar energy generation provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate and utilize a wide array of solutions for renewable energy. Green hydrogen provides storage for renewable energy for use at peak demands and night time to provide more stable energy transmissions. Green hydrogen could be used for also fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and improve the efficiency of vast networks of natural gas pipelines (P2G) as already seen in parts of Europe to tackle the challenges of climate change further.
Once completed, Kumbarilla Renewable Energy Park will be the first renewable energy facility to combine large-scale solar and hydrogen production in Australia. Utilizing this unique opportunity, K-REP aims to build an education centre to coordinate international research and education to drive hydrogen awareness and economy.
The two-stage development project will consist of two 100MWp (DC) Solar Farms and utility-scale hydrogen electrolysis plant to reliably supply not only green electricity but also green hydrogen for Australian households, and industries as well as future export.
K-REP's location in the town of Kumbarilla in Western Downs Region of Queensland enables the project to deliver such solutions. K-REP enjoys abundant solar resources of Queensland, alongside on-site access to the Great Artesian Basin crucial to green hydrogen production. K-REP also benefits from the prominent presence of the natural gas industry and their vast gas networks in the region, which brings the project potentials to offer a "behind-the-meter" solution for green electricity and local supply of green hydrogen for industries. K-REP is also ideally situated adjacent to PowerLink substation and interstate transmission line for convenient and stable access to the NEM.
K-REP will prove to be a monumental step towards the future of Australia's renewable energy and the green hydrogen economy in Australia and globally.