Australian company Hysata has opened the doors to its new 8000sqm global headquarters and electrolyser manufacturing facility in Port Kembla.

This development marks a significant milestone in Hysata’s journey, and paves the way for the commercialisation of its pioneering high efficiency electrolyser.

Hysata’s electrolysers are poised to transform the economics of green hydrogen production, and accelerate decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors such as steel, chemical manufacture, and heavy transport.

The Australian government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has given a vote of confidence in Hysata’s technology with a $20.9 million grant from its Advancing Renewables Program. 

The funding will support commercial demonstration of a 5MW electrolyser unit to be trialled adjacent to the Stanwell Power Station near Rockhampton, Queensland.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Queensland government-owned Stanwell Corporation will support the demonstration project with $3 million, and provide the site and facilities for the field deployment of the electrolyser, which is being developed at Hysata’s new manufacturing facility. 

The project will create 44 new local jobs at Hysata. 

Paul Barrett, CEO of Hysata, said this is a pivotal moment in the company’s rapid technological and commercial scaling, as they work towards fulfilling a 9.4GW pipeline of signed conditional orders and letters of intent. 

He said the new facility in Port Kembla signals the next phase of the company’s journey. Hysata’s plan encompasses the construction of a 100MW per annum production line, with commercial-scale units scheduled for delivery in 2025, including the 5MW electrolyser unit for Stanwell’s project.

“With exceptional 95 per cent efficiency combined with cost-effective materials and minimised engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) costs, Hysata’s electrolyser will deliver the lowest levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) for green hydrogen producers,” Barrett said.

“We are proud to be partnering with ARENA and Standwell to deliver the first commercial demonstration of our electrolyser. It is the first step towards Hysata reaching gigawatt scale by 2026 to fulfil burgeoning demand for our electrolysers.

“This site will also serve as the headquarters for our entire staff, fostering collaboration and fortifying our value-driven culture. 

“We look forward to creating hundreds more local jobs and strengthening Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capabilities as we continue to grow.”

Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, officially opened the facility describing it as a game-changer.

“We’re delighted to support game-changing, homegrown innovation that will power our future as a clean energy manufacturer and a renewable energy superpower,“ Bowen said. 

According to Darren Miller, CEO of ARENA, the project is a crucial step to enabling purchase orders for the technology. 

“Hysata is a great example of Australian innovation leading the way in renewable energy. This electrolyser technology could be a game-changer for renewable hydrogen,” said Miller.

“The demonstration at Stanwell’s site will be key to unlocking commercial demand for Hysata’s product by proving the technology works at scale.

“ARENA has been involved in this technology since it was just a concept in a laboratory, so we’re pleased to be supporting this next step toward commerciality. Identifying promising renewable energy solutions and helping them along the innovation chain is what ARENA does best.”

Michael O’Rourke, Stanwell’s CEO, said the support for Hysata’s technology commercialisation was another important step in Stanwell’s goal to driving the development of Queensland’s renewable hydrogen industry. 

“We are excited to support Hysata by facilitating the commercialisation of this innovative Australian-made technology through a field pilot,” O’Rourke said. 

“The development of a renewable hydrogen industry is a key component of our energy transformation. The potential to utilise high efficiency Australian technology in large-scale hydrogen projects would be a real advantage.” 

According to Hysata, its electrolysers boast the world’s most efficient electrolysis cell, combined with a simplified balance-of-plant, achieving an impressive 95 per cent system efficiency (41.5kWh/kg).

This efficiency has been verified in top-tier peer reviewed journal Nature Communications, surpassing incumbents by 20 per cent, and exceeding IRENA’s 2050 electrolyser efficiency target.