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Countrywide Hydrogen selects pair of 5MW Plug Power PEM electrolyzer systems

by | Jul 13, 2023

Provider of hydrogen solutions for the green hydrogen economy, Plug Power will supply two 5MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer systems for green hydrogen projects being established and developed by Countrywide Hydrogen – a wholly-owned subsidiary of ReNu Energy – in Tasmania, Australia.

The electrolyzer systems chosen by Countrywide Hydrogen will be installed at the company’s planned hydrogen production facilities in Brighton and Western Junction. It is estimated that a combined 4,200kg/day of hydrogen will be produced by the two sites. The hydrogen will be used to contribute towards the decarbonization of the road transport and natural gas industries in Tasmania.

Countrywide Hydrogen plans to produce hydrogen at the sites using electrolysis and renewable power initially sourced from the state grid, followed by behind-the-meter solar and power purchase agreements from wind, solar and hydropower operators. Water will be supplied from TasWater’s network.

The proposed design also includes a second electrolyzer at each facility to meet an increase in demand if required. This ensures a secure supply by implementing electrolyzer redundancy and use of tube trailers for hydrogen storage. Furthermore, the storage system ensures that the new facilities are capable of supporting each other if an outage occurs.

Each site will be connected to the TasGas network to enable the injection of hydrogen into the network in addition to supplying local industry.

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

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