Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) today (20th December) announced to have developed an innovative electrolyser in their Western Australia facility capable of producing industrial-grade hydrogen for the first time.
The outcomes of these projects will inform FFI’s electrolyser technology selection going forward, as FFI works towards its target to produce 15 million tonnes/year of green hydrogen by 2030.
The stack that produced the hydrogen is a pressurised alkaline system that is fully operational and will be used to test all of FFI’s prototypes and designs.
The company is in the process of installing solar panels at its Dawson Road facility, which will mean the electrolyser will be able to produce green hydrogen in 2022.
FFI Chief Executive Officer Julie Shuttleworth said, “The FFI team has designed and operated our own electrolyser system, which will be key to developing FFI’s green hydrogen production into the future.”
FFI Chairman, Dr Andrew Forrest, added, “This electrolyser was internally designed, built and commissioned by a small, dedicated team of experts”.
Recently FFI has an MoU with three Indigenous Nations in Canada: the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation in British Columbia; members of the Homeguard Cree First Nations in northern Manitoba; and the Innu Nation in Newfoundland and Labrador. The agreements paved the way for FFI to lead the green hydrogen and green energy revolution across Canada. The MoUs provide a collaborative framework for discussions and negotiations that will assist FFI to determine the viability of building green hydrogen projects using hydro and wind power across Canada. Negotiations are underway between FFI and other Indigenous leaders across Canada.