Green Energy Road Trip - 2022

For the first time, Townsville Enterprise's Unlock the North Road Trip has gone global!

Following the release of the Queensland Government's Energy and Jobs Plan, the team has hit the road to talk to the key proponents that make up the Townsville North Queensland green energy story.

This year's Unlock the North Green Energy Road Trip also coincides with an investment mission to South Korea. This investment mission will focus on strengthening the relationships and develop the region's hydrogen and critical mineral export potential.

The Unlock the North Green Energy Road Trip will highlight four key areas - Hydrogen, Critical Minerals, Supply Chain and Infrastructure.

Follow the Townsville North Queensland green energy journey below.

Official Launch

For the first time, we have taken our annual Unlock the North Road Trip global!

Following the launch of the State’s Energy and Jobs Plan, now is the perfect time to promote Townsville North Queensland’s green energy credentials.

Townsville Enterprise CEO, Claudia Brumme-Smith and Mayor of Townsville, Jenny Hill have travelled to South Korea to strengthen our relationships an develop the region's hydrogen and critical mineral export potential.


Day 1: Unlocking Townsville North Queensland’s Hydrogen Superpower

Townsville North Queensland has all the ingredients to lead the nation's green energy and hydrogen revolution.

We talk to Les Walker, Member for Mundingburra and Hydrogen Champion for North Queensland, Daniel Kim, CEO of Ark Energy and John Cole, CEO of Edify Energy about the importance of this emerging industry.

Townsville North Queensland must have the key infrastructure so that the region can not only manufacture green hydrogen but can transport it through the port and share it globally.


Day 2: North Queensland critical minerals key to unlock new battery technology for the World

New and emerging technology like electric vehicles, consumer devices and renewable energy infrastructure will require Queensland to mine for a new range of metals and minerals, like vanadium.

Areas around Townsville host extensive vanadium mineralisation, the region has the potential to become the centre of a new supply chain for the state.


Day 3: Townsville North Queensland has no plans to slow down

Townsville North Queensland has:

  • Over $740 billion worth of potential traditional and new economy mineral projects in the North West Minerals Province
  • State government funding for the first-ever vanadium processing plant in the country.
  • Battery metals processing and manufacturing plants making progress at the Landsdown Eco-industrial Precinct.
  • Proponents pushing ahead with the enabling infrastructure.

North Queensland is already doing the heavy lifting when it comes to the renewable revolution and decarbonisation, and we have no plans to slow down.


Day 4: Townsville North Queensland has the competitive edge

Townsville North Queensland is amid an exciting period of change and growth. The region is known for its world-class natural beauty and traditional industry sectors. But now, Townsville North Queensland is in a unique position to capitalise on the growing demand for low-carbon products.

We talk to Ranee Crosby, CEO of the Port of Townsville and Paddy Byrnes, CEO of Transbulk about the Townsville North Queensland supply change and its role in this emerging industry.



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