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Hiringa Energy launches Australasia’s first hydrogen refuelling network

Hiringa Energy’s New Zealand green hydrogen refuelling network is set to pave the way for similar projects in Australia’s transport industry

Green hydrogen company Hiringa Energy has launched Australasia’s first zero-emissions green hydrogen refuelling network.

The Hiringa Refuelling New Zealand (HRNZ) network will help move New Zealand towards its net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 goal while acting as a blueprint for further Australian projects.

Hiringa says the launch marks a groundbreaking step towards decarbonising the sector and paving the way for similar infrastructure to be developed across the Tasman.

Image: Hiringa Energy

With the opening of the network, hydrogen-powered trucks can now go into commercial operation, enabling heavy transport to begin its transition to zero-emissions alternatives. The refuelling stations are powered by clean, renewable energy and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, enabling hydrogen-powered heavy transport vehicles such as trucks and buses to refuel with green hydrogen in 10 to 20 minutes.

“Heavy transport plays a vital role in our economy, but it’s also a significant contributor to our national emissions,” Hiringa CEO Andrew Clennett says.

“As a first-of-its-kind across Australasia, and one of the first networks set up globally to service heavy transport, the initiative addresses this major challenge by providing operators with the infrastructure they need to switch to zero-emission transport in an efficient, scalable and commercially viable manner.”

Hiringa is already well established in Australia, having launched a joint venture, the Good Earth Green Hydrogen and Ammonia (GEGHA) project, with Sundown Pastoral Co.

The project will see the implementation of an integrated solar energy to hydrogen and ammonia operation aiming to establish a sustainable agricultural system.

Image: Hiringa Energy

For Australian-born entrepreneurs Andrew and Cathy Clennett, a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network is the natural next step to grow Australia’s budding green hydrogen industry.

“Regional Australia relies heavily on a functional and affordable freight sector,” Hiringa executive director Cathy Clennett says.

“Almost 80 per cent of non-bulk domestic freight in Australia is carried by trucks. Application of low-carbon hydrogen within hard-to-abate industries will bring about a greater balance of economic, environmental and social benefits to all Australians given the significant contribution of these sectors to Australia’s emissions footprint.”

The new unveiling allows companies such as NZ Post to easily refuel its hydrogen fuel-cell models that it’s introducing.

“With rapid refuelling now available, this will allow us to operate the hydrogen truck seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with zero emissions,” NZ Post CEO David Walsh says.

“We’re thrilled to see this national network come together.”

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