Green hydrogen is produced by using an electric current generated by renewable energy such as solar photovoltaic or wind, to break water into hydrogen and oxygen.
As part of WA's strategy there are plans to turn the Oakajee strategic industrial area near Geraldton into a globally competitive, multi-product renewable hydrogen industrial precinct, with the government calling for expressions of interest from around the world.
Given its proximity to Australian Vanadium's proposed vanadium project the company has submitted an expression of interest to take advantage of the renewable hydrogen opportunity.
Australian Vanadium's proposed project includes open pit mining, crushing, milling and beneficiation onsite and a processing plant for final conversion to high-quality vanadium pentoxide offsite, at Tenindewa, which is midway between Mullewa and Geraldton.
As part of its strategy the company plans to put green hydrogen into the natural gas feed for the processing plant to reduce carbon emissions and use a hydrogen ammonia by-product in the final vanadium precipitation step.