Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Queensland’s manufacturing sector is on the ‘precipice of a critical time’ as it faces one of the biggest challenges in the transition to a net zero economy.Manufacturing is on the “precipice of a critical time” as the sector faces one of the biggest challenges in the transition to a net zero economy, but heavy industry-led research say once the code is cracked it will “flow through to jobs and investment”.The aluminium and alumina smelters in Gladstone are the sunshine state’s most well known manufacturing plants, employer thousands of people.

But there are industries throughout the state which will be impacted like cement producing in the southeast, which releases CO2 during its production, and even emerging industries like solar technology.

Vast Solar, which has operations in Goodna, has been developing solar thermal technology which uses mirrors to capture heat from the sun, store it in a thermal battery which is used to create steam to spin a turbine and generate electricity on demand including at night.

Vast Solar and Stanwell announced a joint development agreement to undertake the $10 million feasibility study for the NWQHPP in March.

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