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The Hills College & Golf Academy sign partnership for solar hydrogen plant

POSTED ON January 20, 2021 @ 6:07 pm

The Hills solar farm in QLD

The Hills International College and Golf Academy in Jimboomba, Queensland (QLD), which boasts former World Number 1 Jason Day as an alumnus, is partnering with Sydney-based renewable energy outfit Energy Estate to develop the Jimboomba Renewable Hydrogen Plant.

Learning opportunities

The solar hydrogen project is part of Energy Estate’s HydrogenGrowth platform, which the developer is hoping will see a range of green hydrogen opportunities both of small and large scale, as well as across Australia and internationally, come to fruition. 

The Hills Educational Foundation, which runs the primary and secondary schools, as well as the golf academy, and a 250 kW solar farm on campus, is also keen to use the hydrogen facility to provide theoretical and practical hands-on learning opportunities for students interested in renewable energy and hydrogen production. 

The solar farm

The solar farm, which currently produces between 30,000 kWh and 40,000 kWh of solar electricity monthly, was commissioned in 2017. According to the College’s website, the Hill Solar Farm was initiated to lessen the school’s carbon footprint and “decrease our dependency on the state grid, thereby also reducing our annual power costs.” 

Now, thanks to international efforts, the Hills Solar Farm is set to be expanded to 2 MW in order to supply solar energy to the hydrogen plant. Korea-based and south-east-Asia-active renewable energy solutions company, Elecseed, along with Korean government-owned Korea Midland Power Company (Komipo), have already invested in the expansion. 

“This is a great opportunity to develop the use of hydrogen in South East Queensland in a practical, distributed environment,” said Energy Estate’s Director of Hydrogen, Kevin Peakman. “We are also pleased to support the carbon neutral goals of the College and provide a meaningful, hands-on opportunity to share that knowledge with the College and its students.” 

renewable energy around the clock

The plant will be able to provide the Hills Educational Foundation, Hills Golf Club and other businesses with renewable energy 24/7 and ensure that the school’s campus buses run on hydrogen fuel. In a statement, Energy Estate said the surplus energy would be sold in the market primarily for mobility uses. 

“The Foundation has progressed towards a carbon neutral goal by establishing large ground based solar facilities, converting our diesel buses to run on hydrogen resulting in reduced diesel consumption, and are in the process of establishing a green hydrogen production facility and energy storage capacity,” said Joseph Marinov, CEO Hills Educational Foundation. “The multi-faceted project, that also includes potentially supplying oxygen to the adjacent wastewater treatment plant to reduce operational costs, demonstrates how the use of renewable energy to generate hydrogen can advance the hydrogen economy in Australia.” 

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