A retreat set in the Main Range National Park rainforest will build a renewable hydrogen plant, thanks to investment from the State Government.

Announced yesterday, the State Government has committed a further $10 million over the next four years to develop the renewable hydrogen industry in Queensland.

“Renewable hydrogen offers the opportunity to create a new hi-tech industry delivering enhanced environmental outcomes and highly skilled jobs,” Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles said.

“We will use this new allocation of funding to continue working with project proponents to support renewable hydrogen projects in regional Queensland.”

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the government’s first round of the $15 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund was quickly oversubscribed when it opened last year.

“The $10 million commitment extends the support available to the emerging hydrogen industry in Queensland and is expected to lead to both construction and highly skilled operational jobs with the majority of investment interest in regional Queensland.

“The next round of Queensland’s Hydrogen Industry Development Fund will open following consultation with industry set down for January 2021.”

Mr de Brenni said there were four successful recipients under the first round of the Hydrogen Industry Development Fund including projects in the Scenic Rim, Townsville, Brisbane and, Gladstone.

“Australian Gas Networks will build a facility in Gladstone to deliver renewable hydrogen into the city’s gas network and I’m pleased to announce Spicers Retreat in the Scenic Rim will also build a renewable hydrogen plant, storage system and fuel cells at their eco camps,” he said.

The government says the hydrogen industry as the potential to be a multi-billion dollar industry.

Originally published as Main Range eco retreat set to build renewable hydrogen plant