“Verdant Earth Technologies, a small energy company chaired by former NT chief minister Adam Giles with big plans for exporting green hydrogen, is in talks with Darwin Port to create a green hydrogen export hub in the Top End.
Verdant Earth – previously known as Hunter Energy – recently acquired Monarch Hydrogen, which is in the process of building a $43 million hydrogen plant near Newcastle that it hopes will produce 6.5 tons a day of compressed hydrogen by next year.
Verdant’s only other operation is also a work in progress – a plan to convert the old coal-fired Redbank Power Station in NSW’s Hunter region into 150 megawatt biomass plant. But the company says it has bigger plans for a 50MW battery facility, a 40MW solar farm and a 70MW gas plant. It also says it plans to “scale up” its hydrogen manufacturing.”
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