Hysata opens new electrolyser manufacturing facility in Port Kembla

15 August 2023

Australian electrolyser company Hysata has officially opened its new 8,000 sqm global headquarters and electrolyser manufacturing facility in Port Kembla. The plant will pave the way for mass production and commercialisation of its pioneering high efficiency electrolyser.

Hysata’s electrolysers are set to transform the economics of green hydrogen production and accelerate decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors such as steel, chemical manufacture and heavy transport.

The Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has given a vote of confidence in Hysata’s technology by announcing a $20.9 million grant from its Advancing Renewables Program to build its first five-megawatt demonstration plant.

Queensland Government-owned power company Stanwell Corporation will support the demonstration project with $3 million, providing the site and facilities for the field deployment of the electrolyser in development at Hysata’s new manufacturing facility. The project will create 44 new local jobs at Hysata.

Scaling up

Hysata CEO Paul Barrett said this is a pivotal moment in the company’s rapid technological and commercial scaling, as they work towards fulfilling a 9.4 gigawatt pipeline of signed conditional orders and letters of intent.

“Our plan encompasses the construction of a 100 MW per annum production line, with commercial-scale units scheduled for delivery in 2025, including the 5 MW electrolyser unit for Stanwell’s project. And we will ramp up rapidly to giga scale capacity thereafter,” said Dr Barrett.

Hysata’s electrolysers boast the world’s most efficient electrolysis cell, combined with a simplified balance-of-plant, achieving an impressive 95% system efficiency (41.5kWh/kg), beating competitors by 20%. They deliver the lowest Levelised Cost of Hydrogen (LCOH) for green hydrogen producers.

“This site will also serve as the headquarters for our entire staff, fostering collaboration and fortifying our values-driven culture. We look forward to creating hundreds more local jobs and strengthening Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capabilities as we continue to grow.”

Homegrown innovation

Minister for Climate Change and Energy the Hon Chris Bowen MP officially opened the facility.

“We’re delighted to support game-changing, homegrown innovation that will power our future as a clean energy manufacturer and a renewable energy superpower,” Minister Bowen said.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the project is a crucial step to enabling purchase orders for the technology.

“Hysata is a great example of Australian innovation leading the way in renewable energy. This electrolyser technology could be a game-changer for renewable hydrogen. The demonstration at Stanwell’s site will be key to unlocking commercial demand for Hysata’s product by proving the technology works at scale,” Mr Miller said.

Stanwell CEO Michael O’Rourke said the support for Hysata’s technology commercialisation was another important step in Stanwell’s goal to driving the development of Queensland’s renewable hydrogen industry.

“The development of a renewable hydrogen industry is a key component of our energy transformation. The potential to utilise high efficiency Australian technology in large-scale hydrogen projects would be a real advantage.”