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Fortescue Opens 2 GW PEM Electrolyzer Factory in Gladstone, Australia

Last Updated on 08th April 2024

Fortescue has opened its electrolyzer manufacturing facility in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. The 15,000-square-meter advanced manufacturing facility will have the capacity to produce over 2 GW of proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer stacks annually. The construction created more than 100 jobs, and the project was commissioned within two years. 



The Queensland Government developed an electrical substation, road network, communications, and local scheme water connection, as well as the allocated land for this project. The Australian Government also contributed USD 28 million from the manufacturing collaboration stream initiative. Additionally,  Fortescue announced plans to establish a 50 MW green hydrogen production plant adjacent to the facility.


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Mark Hutchinson, Fortescue Energy CEO, stated that the Gladstone facility, which produces electrolyzers designed in-house by Fortescue teams in Australia and the United States, establishes the company as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). He emphasized that while the process of splitting hydrogen and oxygen isn't new, the innovative ways the world is looking to use green hydrogen to decarbonize are. Apart from this, Fortescue plays a pivotal role in the global electrolyzer market.


Apart from this, Fortescue is developing a larger green hydrogen electrolyzer manufacturing facility in Australia. The next phases will include a hydrogen system testing facility and Fortescue’s PEM50 green hydrogen project.


Manufacturing Collaboration Stream Australian Government Initiative
The Australian Government's Manufacturing Collaboration Stream is a financial initiative designed to boost collaboration and innovation within the manufacturing sector. It's part of a larger Modern Manufacturing Initiative aimed at transforming and diversifying the Australian economy.


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About PEM50 green hydrogen project

Fortescue's PEM50 green hydrogen project is a two-stage, 50-megawatt (MW) facility being built in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Here's a breakdown of the project's key features:


Green Hydrogen Production

The facility will use electrolysis run on renewable energy to create green hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel source.


Phased Implementation

The project is planned in two stages. Stage one, with a 30 MW capacity, is targeted for construction commencement in 2024. Stage two will add 20 MW of capacity, expected to be commissioned by 2028.


Production Capacity

Upon completion, the entire PEM50 project is expected to generate up to 8,200 metric tons of green hydrogen annually by 2025.


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Read: EverWind Fuels Completes FEED for its Green Hydrogen-to-Green Ammonia Plant in Canada


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