We are all aware that fossil fuels have a limited life span and that places such as Gladstone need to transition to renewable energy.
To achieve this goal in the short amount of time which is required, we need a plan. We cannot rely on government to do this for us, so we are creating a community driven transition plan which will be hosted here. This will be a living document, with many changes over time. If you have any suggestions about topics to add or you can submit information please contact us at email@example.com.
Lots of Possibilities
A community meeting held in Gladstone in 2019 brainstormed the following ideas for what a green economy in Gladstone would look like – there are lots of possibilities out there.
This covers: Green manufacturing – Green Hydrogen – Electric Vehicle Assembly – Carbon Farming – Biochar – Domestic Solar
Fossil fuels are dead
We know that fossil fuels are increasingly the most expensive option for energy generation, and they certainly are a poor choice if we want to continue to live here on Earth. We need to change, and we need to change rapidly.
This covers: Climate change is real – The choice is ours – Batteries – Pumped Hydro – Green Hydrogen – Finance – Obstacles to growth – Jobs in Thermal Coal – Jobs in Renewable Energy.
What we want: Renewable Hydrogen
This is hydrogen created from renewable sources of energy such as solar or wind power. The advantage of this is that surplus energy can be stored as hydrogen or ammonia, to be used at a later time or exported.
This covers: Introduction – Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFC) – Proven in practice – Advantages of Hydrogen – Drawbacks of Hydrogen – Advantages of Ammonia – Risks are well understood – Drawback of Ammonia — New Research — The future.
This covers: Vehicles and Performances – Observations — The future
What we don’t want: Hydrogen made from fossil fuels
This doesn’t move our economy forward, and is often very polluting because of using poor quality fuels.
This covers: The Proposed Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project – Aspects of Concern: Greenhouse gasses – Fines, bottom ash and fly-ash handling – Marketing and Transport – Economic and Employment aspects – Ecological aspects — Summary
Making aluminium smelting carbon neutral – using smelters as energy storage to stabilise the grid and to sell back at peak times
“In short, aluminium smelting in Australia is at a crossroads. Continuation of the current trajectory will inevitably mean an increasingly difficult battle for existence in an increasingly carbon constrained world. Or, smelters could modernise and become flexible in energy consumption, dramatically reducing overall electricity costs to both the smelter and the power system overall.
Making Steel Carbon neutral – Hydrogen successfully used for making steel
This covers: Fox Resources and some ministers are wrong — Hydrogen successfully used for making steel — Competition between steel makers — Giants, 256 m tall, to reduce the cost of renewable energy — Australia’s response to this new technology — Proposing an open-cut coking coal mine near Bundaberg makes no sense.
Queensland’s Electricity grid (Map from Power link)
This shows Gladstone at the centre of the regional power grid – perfect placement to distribute large amounts of solar power.
Relevant Queensland Government Media Releases