South West coal town tipped to host Australia’s biggest green-energy battery

The South West town of Collie, which has been the lifeblood of WA’s coal-powered electricity needs for generations, has been tipped to host the biggest renewable-energy battery in Australia, again putting the town at the forefront of the green energy revolution.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns met with several key stakeholders in Collie.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns met with several key stakeholders in Collie. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

Up to $1 million has been committed for the first stage of a feasibility study into the Collie Battery and Hydrogen Industrial Hub Project.

A 600 to 800-megawatt hour battery would be a key feature of the hub, set to be four times the size of Tesla’s big battery in South Australia.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns announced the State Government pledge at a forum in the town on Friday morning, naming eminent energy expert Ross Garnaut as the chair to lead the study through his green-energy think tank Sunshot Energy.

The group will assess the economic case for establishing a hydrogen electrolyser — powered by renewable energy — which could also create green ammonia and urea biproducts for agricultural and industrial application.

The Collie battery would provide renewable energy to the diverse new and existing industrial projects in the Collie Shire.