As the country tackled extreme weather events and the lingering effects of the pandemic, Australia set the agenda for its energy future in 2021.
In the run-up to and in the course of COP26, the federal and state governments have committed to climate protection strategies, while ongoing investments in the hydrogen industry, large batteries and renewable energies have led to huge project milestones.
Here we look back on five of the most-read news of 2021.
- World leading hydrogen plant for QLD
In March, Eco Energy World (EEW) announced a major project aimed at positioning Australia as the world leader in the development of green hydrogen.
The group proposed combining a planned 300 MW solar farm in Raglan, Queensland with a 200 MW hydrogen plant that will use electrolyser technology to produce 33,000 tons of green hydrogen per year.
- Start of construction for Kidston Pumped Hydro
In May, Genex Power reached financial close for its $ 777 million Kidston Stage 2 Pumped Water Storage (PHES) project, marking the start of construction.
The project will be the first pumped hydropower plant to be built in Australia since 1984 and the first to be specifically deployed to support the integration of variable solar and wind renewable energy generation.
- Gladstone Hydrogen Plant Reaches Milestone
Gladstone’s proposed hydrogen facility reached a milestone ahead of schedule in March 2021 following the procurement of the facility’s 175 kW electrolyzer.
The Queensland government has invested $ 1.7 million in the project, which will be the first in Australia to integrate renewable hydrogen into a gas network for customers.
- AGL CEO is leaving with immediate effect
In April, AGL Managing Director and CEO Brett Redman announced his resignation after almost 15 years with the company.
Mr. Redman announced to the Board that he had an appointment on Jan.
- Federal budget 2021-22: focus on reducing gas emissions
The federal government promised more investments from the federal budget 2021-22, passed in May, to tap gas sources and lower prices as part of a gas-fired pandemic recovery plan.
In total, more than US $ 1.8 billion has been allocated to the energy sector, of which US $ 58.6 million has been allocated to the gas sector and US $ 1.2 billion to emissions reductions.