Construction of world’s largest electrolyser factory starts in Australia

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has commenced construction of what it says will be the largest electrolyser manufacturing facility in the world, marking the beginning of the first stage of the Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

Stage one is the AUD 114 million (USD 83 million) electrolyser facility, which will be expanded as current demand indications crystalise. The electrolyser facility will have an initial capacity of 2 GW per annum – more than doubling current global production, and enough to produce more than 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year.

Removing 60 million diesel fuel cars

FFI is targeting the production of 15 million tonnes of green hydrogen per year by 2030 – the equivalent to removing 60 million diesel fuel cars off the road this decade. The first electrolysers manufactured at the facility in early 2023 are earmarked to be used in Queensland at FFI’s proposed green hydrogen to ammonia project at Gibson Island.

More production lines

The multi-gigawatt-scale electrolyser factory is a 50-50 joint venture (subject to approvals) between FFI and Plug Power Inc. Further stages of FFI’s GEM will be delivered in specialist production lines according to the requirements of FFI and its customers, and could include the manufacture of wind turbines, high-voltage electric cabling, solar photovoltaic cells, modules and arrays, and associated renewable energy infrastructure.

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