The Hunter

Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct

Manufacturing Gladstone

The Hunter is set to become the electric motor of the Australian economy.

For 200 years, the Hunter region of New South Wales has been a powerhouse of Australian mining and energy exports. In fact, Australia’s first export commodity left from the Port of Newcastle as a shipment of coal bound for India in 1799. The region is also well known for manufacturing, and energy-intensive industries such as aluminium and steel.

The Hunter is now writing a new chapter in this proud history as an industrial and energy superpower.

Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts: Economic Analysis

Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in Gladstone, Queensland and the Hunter Valley, New South Wales will add a windfall of $13 billion to the economy and 45,000 ongoing jobs by 2032.

Read the key findings of new research released by leading economic analysts ACIL Allen, commissioned by Beyond Zero Emissions and WWF-Australia.

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There is a quiet revolution happening in the Hunter, characterised by innovation, cleantech, adaptation, collaboration, battery manufacturing and retrofits, electric vehicles, hydrogen cells, niche wind solutions, and some of Australia’s biggest industrial-scale use of renewable energy.

Why the Hunter?

The Hunter offers several advantages as a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct:

Renewable energy supply

The NSW Government’s Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap has identified the Hunter as a Renewable Energy Zone (REZ). The Hunter REZ has an excellent existing transmission infrastructure that can enable access to local renewable generation. New transmission infrastructure is planned to connect to both the Central West Orana REZ (3GW) and New England REZ (8GW). By 2030, the Hunter region will have access to in excess of 11GW of renewable energy.

Large workforce

The Hunter has a large workforce and clusters of small and medium enterprises with deep experience in heavy industry. The region’s expertise in mining and mining equipment means that Hunter workers and enterprises are adept at meeting the exacting high quality and safety standards required by the mining industry. There is also expertise in steel, aluminium and advanced manufacturing.

Research capability

The Hunter also has top research and development capability. CSIRO Energy Centre and the University of Newcastle have a strong track record of industry engagement. The University of Newcastle is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world. The University’s I2N network helps launch research into commercial opportunities, with recent star projects Diffuse Energy and MGA Thermal. There are 14 TAFE campuses located across the Hunter able to deliver technical and vocational training across a variety of sectors.

Diverse industry

The Hunter’s existing expertise in developing and manufacturing defence and mining equipment has far wider application. Local company Ampcontrol was built on providing electronic solutions for the mining sector and is now applying their advanced manufacturing capability to innovations such as standalone power systems, remote water filtration, hybrid electric boats, electric vehicles and even emergency ventilators to support NSW Health during the COVID crisis.

Local company 3ME Technology develops and manufactures batteries for mining vehicles. They collaborated with a local mining equipment specialist called BME to retrofit the Tritev, a diesel-powered 20-tonne Integrated Tool Carrier. This vehicle provides superior performance in the underground mine environment and there is an influx of demand from the industry. This battery retrofit template could be applied to other transport including zero-emissions buses, waste trucks and even ferries.

In addition, the Hunter has a strong capability in the aluminium, steel recycling, and medical technology industries.

Across the Hunter, community and industry groups, businesses, researchers and state and local government agencies are working to secure new manufacturing, new markets and new ways to export energy. This includes green hydrogen, green steel, green aluminium, green minerals processing and products manufactured with 100% Australian renewable energy.

Industrial potential

The NSW Government’s Industry Opportunity Report highlights opportunities in green hydrogen, green steel, green ammonia, green aluminium, transport and logistics and controlled environmental horticulture. The government has also outlined stage one of its Net Zero Plan and is ready to support the establishment of new industries and upgrades of existing industries to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

The Hunter expertise in mining and mining equipment and defence is an existing cluster that is already rapidly innovating and deploying new technologies around these industry opportunities.

Who’s on board

Some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative manufacturing and technology companies have already given support for Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts.

MolyCop is committed to further reducing the carbon emissions associated with our products and operations and Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts here the Hunter will help us achieve that.

Michael Parker - MolyCop

Statement of support

A Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct would be great for SwitchDin. Renewables are about community and this is building a community around innovation to create opportunity. We want to be part of that.

Dr Andrew Mears - SwitchDin

Expression of Interest

As a key part of the proposed Hunter Renewable Energy Zone, Port Stephens will play a vital role in delivering affordable energy generation to help replace the state’s existing power stations as they close over the coming decades.

Ryan Palmer - Port Stephens Council

Statement of Support

Epuron supports the development of Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts for the support they offer to developing innovative technologies and competitive advantage to manufacturing in the global zero-emissions markets.

Julian Kasby - Epuron

Statement of Support

Ampcontrol is at the forefront of a lot of innovative engineering. We are already working extensively in the renewable energy sector and support a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct here in the Hunter.

Rod Henderson - Ampcontrol

Statement of support

BME see Australia's future as very bright and an integral part of this is embracing new technologies and future proofing both the economy and the natural environment. Australia becoming self reliant and investing in our people and their skills is critical to this goal.

Sarah Gow - BME

Expression of interest

The Hunter has a rich history of industrial manufacturing and mining. MGA Thermal believes the high level of skilled labour, intrinsic knowledge, academic rigour and infrastructure make the Hunter the perfect location to export emission-free manufacturing products to the world

Arden Jarrett - MGA Thermal

Expression of interest

Diffuse Energy supports the development of a renewable energy precinct in the Hunter Valley region. We believe that the Hunter Valley can benefit from it's strong manufacturing heritage and workforce to become a renewable energy powerhouse for export to the world.

Joss Kesby - Diffuse Energy

Statement of support

Energy Estate strongly supports the development of Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts to 'future proof' and grow Australian industries, their export potential, creating enduring workforce opportunities, training and reskilling regional areas.

Simone O'Sullivan - Energy Estate (H2N)

Expression of Interest

The undeniable shift towards a zero-emissions future is happening globally. We support giving Australian Manufacturers the resources to position themselves ready for a shift in demand, to provide emissions-free materials/product.

Arden Jarrett - MGA Thermal

Expression of interest

We believe the Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct will foster an excellent environment for collaboration among Australian companies whose mission is to make a positive impact whilst providing sustainable business solutions to Australian industry.

Steven Lawn - 3ME

Statement of support

Amtronics/Australian Hydrogen Generation are delighted to be partnered up with BZE in their Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts initiative. As an Australian provider and installer of Hydrogen generation equipment, our services are key to paving the way for a clean future

Steve Arnerich - Amtronics/Australian Hydrogen Generation

Expression of Interest

We are strongly in support of Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts. We believe these are ideal vehicles to help engage and educate communities, demonstrate early success and to respond to and address the significant challenges ahead of us especially in the waste circular economy and to achieve net zero emissions targets for Australia.

Mukul Agrawal - Lohmann Group

Expression of Interest

Renewable energy, paired with long duration storage, can ‘repower Australian manufacturing’ with the lowest cost energy day and night. RayGen can manufacture our technology in a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct, and use that same technology to supply the precinct with affordable, baseload power, creating and supporting local jobs.

Will Mosley - RayGen

Expression of Interest

We know that Allegro Energy's solutions will be useful to other businesses in the Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct and so having a place where we can connect and share ideas would be really helpful to help our businesses grow together.

Thomas Nann - Allegro Energy

Expression of Interest

The Hunter has the skill base, infrastructure and innovative culture to develop a world class hub in renewable energy. The Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct in the Hunter will be invaluable in providing more co-ordinated and focused resources to facilitate that growth.

Grant Sefton - Hunter Angels

Statement of Support

SOLPOD supports Beyond Zero Emissions' Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts, particularly in the Hunter where SOLPOD is attracted by the aluminium manufacturing capability.

James Larratt - SOLPOD

Statement of Support

Australia’s competitiveness and prosperity in the clean energy economy depends on the success of the Hunter. We look forward to supporting a REIP in our region and secure the Hunter’s rightful position as Australia’s clean energy capital.

Alice Thompson - Committee for the Hunter

Statement of Support

The Hunter is an industrial and energy superpower, the engine room of energy for NSW, and largely the nation, and the REIP will support The Hunter to continue on its climb as the most attractive global location for energy intensive manufacturing.

Ivan Waterfield / Boris Novak - HunterNet

Statement of Support

At Concrush we are ready to do more to reduce our carbon emissions. We burn a lot of diesel. BZE has given us a vision and pathway to electrification.

Kevin Thompson - Concrush

Statement of Support

Newcastle Offshore Wind
Lohmann Group

Do you have a project that would benefit from joining a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct?

Beyond Zero Emissions is collecting expressions of interest to demonstrate there is a strong demand for Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in the Hunter.

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