PTI Australia announces support to region’s first green hydrogen plant

Apr 15, 2024 | Blog, Pacific, Samoa, Tonga

In a step towards sustainable energy development in the Pacific, Pacific Trade Invest Australia has announced its support to Hydrogen Power Fiji, a subsidiary of HDF Energy, to support the development of the first green hydrogen power plant project in the region. The venture aims to bolster Fiji’s energy independence while reducing its trade deficit by transitioning away from imported heavy fuel oil.

PTI Australia's Caleb Jarvis and David Clement, Vice President Oceania of HDF Energy

PTI Australia Trade Commissioner Caleb Jarvis (left) and David Clement, Vice President Oceania of HDF Energy at the announcement in Sydney.

This pioneering project, located on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, introduces ‘Renewstable’ power plants, a cutting-edge innovation by HDF Energy. These plants integrate intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar, with on-site energy storage in the form of green hydrogen. The result is a stable and consistent power supply, addressing the challenge of intermittency associated with renewable energy.

The initiative not only aligns with Fiji’s goal of achieving 100 per cent green electricity by 2034 but also contributes to a 30 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030. Furthermore, it promises economic benefits by creating local employment opportunities and nurturing skills within the community.

David Clement, Vice President Oceania of HDF Energy, expressed gratitude for the support from Pacific Trade Invest, emphasising its significance in introducing Renewstable technology to Fiji. He said, “We are honoured to receive support from Pacific Trade Invest to introduce our Renewstable technology to Fiji. This collaboration not only underscores the confidence that Pacific Trade Invest has in our solution but also sets a precedent for similar projects across the Pacific Islands.”

Mr Clement highlighted the potential for similar projects across the Pacific Islands, indicating a broader shift towards sustainability in the region.

Beyond Fiji, HDF Energy envisions replicating the success of the Renewstable project in other Pacific Islands, catalysing positive change toward a greener and more resilient future. This collaboration marks a crucial step in advancing renewable energy solutions and fostering energy independence in the Pacific region.

Pacific Trade Invest Australia serves as the lead trade and investment promotion agency in the Pacific, while HDF Energy is a global leader in the hydrogen industry, committed to developing large-scale hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell technology.

With the launch of the green hydrogen power plant project, Fiji embarks on a transformative journey towards sustainable energy production, setting an example for other island nations striving for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

PTI Australia is a member of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council and the Australia Fiji Business Council.