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Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct gains momentum

Date Published: 13 July 2020

The Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct continues to gain momentum and will support the region’s economy post COVID-19 with another project being conditionally committed land.

Edify Energy has had 41 hectares of land conditionally committed to them following a successful bid in round 4 of tender applications.

This land would allow Edify Energy to build a renewable hydrogen electrolyser pilot plant, which will be able to provide hydrogen to other industry parties at the precinct and further reduce their carbon footprint.

Up to 9.7 hectares has also been conditionally committed to Edify Energy for a potential sub-station to connect the Precinct to the high voltage powerline network and wider energy grid into the future.

TaskforceNQ chairperson and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the announcement is fantastic news for the local economy and for growing  Townsville as an advanced manufacturing hub.

“Edify Energy’s proposal will continue to consolidate Townsville as the home of renewable hydrogen with the construction of a two-stage renewable hydrogen facility starting with a scalable pilot plant in the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct,” Cr Hill said.

“This would be a significant boost to Townsville’s economy and could play a huge role in the long-term recovery of the North Queensland region.”

Edify Energy Chief Executive John Cole said renewable hydrogen represents a significant opportunity for Townsville and broader North Queensland region.

“Edify is proud to continue to strive to find smarter and more cost-effective ways to use renewable energy, and renewable hydrogen represents a significant opportunity to leverage North Queensland’s abundant sunshine to help decarbonise local industry and thereafter the globe. We are looking at a number of sites in the region to add to our project portfolio,” Mr Cole said.

Cr Hill said the benefits of Edify Energy joining the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct are immense.

“The objective of the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct is to drive renewable and eco-friendly industries and position North Queensland as leaders in this space,” Cr Hill said.

“This is even more crucial now as the world both recovers from the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19 and moves to using renewable energy as its main energy source.

“North Queensland is uniquely positioned as a prime location to produce renewable energy such as solar and green hydrogen thanks to our 300 days a year of sunshine.

“This proposed project not only aligns with Council’s planning goals for the precinct, it also aligns with both state and federal strategies for the hydrogen industry.

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