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First Australian heavy vehicle hydrogen refuelling station opens at Port Kembla

The first Australian hydrogen refuelling site for heavy vehicles is now live in NSW, with the company behind it already planning for a hydrogen truck network on Australia’s east coast

Australian transport history was made over the weekend as the nation’s first hydrogen refuelling station for heavy vehicles was opened at Port Kembla, NSW.

Coregas, the largest Australian owned industrial gases company, launched the Coregas H2Station to lead the clean mobility revolution and to stimulate Australia’s emerging hydrogen sector.

While Australia’s renewable energy revolution is underway, Coregas says the transport sector remains a largely untapped opportunity for emissions reductions. Unlike batteries for electric vehicles, Coregas says Fuel Cell Electrical Vehicles (FCEV) powered by hydrogen deliver heavy vehicles a lighter, longer-distance solution combined with fast refuelling and high payload capability.

Construction of the $2 million H2Station has been assisted by a $500,000 NSW government grant. The H2Station will facilitate the introduction of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell trucks to the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region and local heavy vehicles will be encouraged to access the H2Station, which can rapidly refuel up to 10 vehicles daily.

The H2Station is a low-cost commercial solution capitalising on existing infrastructure aimed to seed a future network of hydrogen fuelled transport.

“Locating H2Station alongside Coregas’ existing hydrogen production plant and transport hub for bulk hydrogen in Port Kembla created operational and cost efficiencies,” Coregas Australia executive general manager Alan Watkins says.

“The H2Station will allow hydrogen trucks to access the majority of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region and reach metropolitan Sydney.”

Transitioning Coregas’ diesel truck fleet to FCEVs is a cornerstone of the company’s decarbonisation roadmap.

“Coregas’ diesel truck fleet travels almost six million kilometres every year,” Watkins says.

“That’s equivalent to driving 150 times around the world, which contributes to 54 per cent of Coregas’ carbon emissions.”

Working with project partner Haskel, the H2Station will compress hydrogen from the existing Coregas plant up to 500bar, enabling supply into the 350bar cylinders on board the FCEV.

The hydrogen dispensing system has the capacity to discharge 400 kilograms of fuel cell grade hydrogen. “

The Hydrogen system utilises our world-leading compression, storage and dispensing equipment specifically designed and optimised for Port Kembla,” Haskel Hydrogen business development manager (APAC) Stewart Anderson says.  

By facilitating the introduction of hydrogen trucks in Australia, Coregas is building demand for its locally produced hydrogen gas and supporting the broader community to decarbonise their transport.

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