Australian junior Strike Energy is looking to turn its Project Haber project in Western Australia into Australia’s largest industrial hydrogen consumer and potential carbon sink as it looks to shore up green hydrogen supply.

The company stated Wednesday it was looking to establish itself as "a domestic leader in hydrogen market development", as it works to integrate green hydrogen at its planned 1.4 million tonne per annum urea fertiliser production facility in the state’s Mid-West region.

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Strike will initially supply green hydrogen to the project via its own dedicated on-site 10-megawatt electrolyser, producing about 1825 tpa of green hydrogen, or roughly 2% of the total hydrogen feedstock required for the plant.

Green vs Blue

Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas feedstocks, with the carbon dioxide by-product from hydrogen production captured and stored. However, the process is not emissions free.

Green hydrogen is made using electrolysis powered by renewable energy to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, creating an emissions-free fuel.

Strike claims this hydrogen, combined with natural gas from its Greater Erregulla development in the Perth basin, will help produce what it projects will be some of the lowest carbon urea fertiliser available in the market.

Looking to shore up green supply

However, it intends to increase the green hydrogen supply to the project overtime and confirmed Wednesday it had signed separate non-binding memorandums of understanding with Canada’s Atco Group and Australian renewable energy company Infinite Blue Energy (IBE).

The agreements will see Strike work with the companies on establishing key infrastructure priorities for Western Australia’s Mid-West region — such as power transmission, desalinated water and pipeline corridors.

The trio will also work together and petition the state government for the development of the infrastructure.

“Progression of these MoUs with two of the key green hydrogen developers in the Mid-West is a great step in accelerating the WA hydrogen economy,” said Strike chief executive Stuart Nicholls.

“Incorporating green hydrogen in Project Haber’s urea production process will enable Strike to produce some of the lowest carbon urea possible and potentially create one of Australia’s largest carbon sinks, moving Strike into carbon negative territory.”

Green hydrogen developments

IBE currently has a foundation green hydrogen project about 100 kilometres south of Project Haber that is forecast to produce an initial 25 tonnes of green hydrogen per day, eventually expanding to 265 tonnes per day.

The hydrogen produced at IBE’s Arrowsmith facility will come from 95MW of solar and 114MW of wind, with the scope for the project’s renewable energy capacity to eventually expand to 3 gigawatts.

Atco, meanwhile, is looking to establish Australia’s first commercial scale green hydrogen supply chain with its proposed Clean Energy Innovation Park in the Mid-West region.

The proposed project will be co-located with the 180MW Warradarge wind farm, which will provide power to the planned 10MW electrolyser and produce up to 4.3 tonnes of hydrogen per day.

Hydrogen generated will then be transported via truck to gas network injection points and end users.