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First Australian hydrogen refueller service station opens in Brisbane

BOC is combining with the likes of bp and the Queensland government on the newly opened hydrogen refuelling project

Gas and engineering company BOC, part of Linde, has announced alongside bp Australia that it has officially opened Australia’s first hydrogen refuelling station at a service station.

The station at the bp Port of Brisbane Truckstop in Lytton is live now for heavy vehicle operators. 

This milestone marks the completion of BOC’s Bulwer Island end-to-end renewable hydrogen demonstration project funded by BOC, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Queensland government and bp Australia. 

BOC is producing renewable hydrogen at its Bulwer Island production site with a 220 kW electrolyser powered by solar energy generated onsite. It is then transported in hydrogen tube trailers to the Linde hydrogen refuelling station located at the bp Port of Brisbane Truckstop. 

The Queensland government’s QFleet will use the facility to refill its current fleet of five-hydrogen powered Hyundai Nexos in approximately 3-5 minutes. Any member of the public with a hydrogen car can also register with bp to refill their passenger vehicle with a bp plus card.  

BOC South Pacific managing director Binod Patwari says the project is an excellent example of two leading companies working together to leverage skills and existing infrastructure to progress the renewable hydrogen industry.    

 

“BOC is proud to officially open this hydrogen refuelling station with bp Australia, which is a critical part of our Bulwer Island end-to-end renewable hydrogen project and demonstrates our commitment to progress hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel for transport,” Patwari says.

“Our Bulwer Island production site is strategically located to supply renewable hydrogen to industrial and transport customers in Queensland. We are committed to scaling our hydrogen capabilities at this site in the future to support decarbonisation of high-emitting industries and working with government and industry to activate demand for hydrogen across Queensland.  


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“The successful integration of a hydrogen refuelling station at an existing service station has delivered key learnings that will pave the way for more hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Australia’s service station network. Leveraging this existing infrastructure will be important to support the uptake of heavy transport particularly on major freight routes across Australia. 

Queensland energy, renewables and hydrogen minister Mick de Brenni says Queensland’s green hydrogen industry is the next frontier in a world hungry for renewables and the greatest climate, jobs and economic opportunity in a generation.

“The decarbonisation of transport is one of the clearest routes to take as we travel towards our 2050 net-zero emissions target, and here in Queensland the rubber is hitting the road,” de Brenni says.

“Green hydrogen will be a game changer in decarbonising heavy haulage, shipping, manufacturing and aviation–slashing emissions, helping tackle climate change and safeguarding our natural wonders for generations to come.

“Hydrogen in the vehicle network offers benefits in terms of range, payloads and fast refuelling, so I could not be prouder that it’s Queenslanders driving the change in building the national East Coast Renewable Hydrogen Superhighway.”

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