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Hydrogen Technology of FMG in Australia’s Mining- Reports

Here’s an insight to the question by Mining Magazine

  • Mining Magazine Intelligence Future Fleets Report 2023 highlights diverging trends in mining decarbonization.
  • Battery and electric technologies dominate, but a small group believes hydrogen is the way to go.
  • Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, former CEO of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), plans to generate green hydrogen and use it to power his iron ore empire in Western Australia’s Pilbara region

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Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is actively expanding its investment in green hydrogen technology, positioning itself at the forefront of sustainable mining practices in Australia. Here’s a detailed overview of their current initiatives and future plans:

Investments and Projects: FMG has committed substantial funds to develop green hydrogen projects, including a notable $1.14 billion investment allocated to three significant projects over the next three years. The Phoenix Hydrogen Hub in Arizona, USA, is a standout, with plans for an 80 MW electrolyser and liquefaction facility that will produce up to 12,000 tonnes of liquified green hydrogen annually starting from mid-2026​.

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Production Technology: FMG is utilizing its own proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers for the Gladstone project in Australia, aiming to integrate 30 MW of electrolyser capacity by 2024, with an additional 20 MW planned for 2028​.

Corporate Commitments: FMG aims to become a net zero emissions energy producer by 2030, contributing to both regional economic growth and environmental sustainability. They have positioned themselves to lead in the green industrial revolution by developing technologies to decarbonize sectors like mining, which are traditionally high in carbon emissions​.

Government and Industry Support: The Australian government is backing significant green hydrogen projects with substantial financial support, such as the $2 billion Hydrogen Headstart initiative. This funding aims to bridge the commercial gap in hydrogen production costs, facilitating the development of projects that are expected to be among the largest in the world​​.

Research and Development: Research collaborations are enhancing the viability of these projects, with new tools and economic models being developed to assess the cost-effectiveness of large-scale green hydrogen projects​

Here are three intriguing questions that arise from the content:

How does FMG’s use of proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers compare to other available technologies in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness, especially given the projected scale of their operations?

What are the anticipated economic benefits for the local communities around the Phoenix Hydrogen Hub in Arizona and the Gladstone project in Australia, and how do these projects contribute to local and global environmental sustainability goals?

Given the substantial government support through the $2 billion Hydrogen Headstart initiative, what are the potential implications for the competitive landscape of green hydrogen production in Australia, and how might this influence global markets and policies related to sustainable energy?

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Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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