Today (4th May 2022), Queensland renewable energy company, Sunshine Hydro, launched their $2b ‘Djandori Gung-i’ (formerly ‘Flavian’) pumped hydro and green hydrogen project located within the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone.
‘Djandori Gung-i’ pumped hydropower will generate reliable energy to the grid from 2028, along with green hydrogen production.
This project will power local industry with renewable energy and heavy trucks with green hydrogen to help decarbonise the Queensland economy.
Sunshine Hydro Chair, Michael Myer said, “Our unique green hydropower system will provide highly reliable renewable energy to power the equivalent of 600,000 homes to “keep the lights on” while generating 500 new jobs in the green economy.
“We will apply our innovative closed loop hydropower model, which selects of a clever mix of energy inputs, outputs, and storage, which we call a superhybrid, to generate reliable green power and green hydrogen.
“The ‘Djandori Gung-i’ project site near Miriam Vale, has ideal topography for the world’s first integrated pumped hydropower and green hydrogen project of this type.
“We have put in place valuable partnerships with Burnett Mary Regional Group BMRG, and the traditional owners, the Gidarjil Development Corporation.
“Through these strong partnerships, we will deliver one of the world’s most sustainable renewable energy projects, with extensive conservation and biodiversity outcomes across the site.”
“The Djandori Gung-i superhybrid will abate on average 4 million tonnes of carbon p.a., which is around 2.5% of the Queensland’s current level of annual carbon emissions, while generating cheaper energy to place downward pressure on energy prices.
Gladstone Regional Council Acting Mayor Kahn Goodluck welcomed Sunshine Hydro’s announcement, stating that it was another tick of approval for the region’s journey to become the nation’s leader in renewable energy.
“It’s fantastic to hear Sunshine Hydro will apply their exciting technology within our region,” Councillor Goodluck said.
Timing: Land is secured, and planning has commenced with a final investment decision targeted for 2025 and energy production from 2028.
Details in this article have been updated since original publication.