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NSW and Victoria open hydrogen highway grant applications

Funding applications are open for the upcoming hydrogen Hume Highway project

The New South Wales and Victorian governments are officially opening grant applications for $20 million worth of funding to deliver Australia’s first renewable hydrogen highway.

NSW treasurer and energy minister Matt Kean says the grant funding will support the design and delivery of the hydrogen highway along Australia’s busiest freight corridor in the Hume Highway, situated on the east coast.  

“This initiative aims to show the potential of renewable hydrogen for heavy vehicles with the goal of transitioning the freight sector to zero emissions energy sources,” Kean says.

“The Hume Hydrogen Highway will create new jobs and attract investment to NSW and Victoria. It’s expected to drive uptake of renewable hydrogen in the heavy transport sector.”

The NSW and Victorian governments have each invested $10 million in grant funding for the Hume Hydrogen Highway as part of a joint grant initiative to support the development of at least four refuelling stations along the highway and approximately 25 hydrogen-powered trucks.

The NSW government says transport is one of Australia’s largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, with renewable hydrogen showing strong potential to be cost competitive with diesel for trucks.

Victoria’s energy, environment and climate action minister Lily D’Ambrosio says transport accounts for 25 per cent of Victoria’s total carbon footprint.

“Australia’s busiest corridor is the perfect place to kickstart the transition to a zero-emission freight sector,” D’Ambrosio says.

“The renewable hydrogen highway will create new jobs, drive investment across the east coast and is a landmark step towards meeting Victoria’s target to halve emissions by 2030 as we work towards net-zero by 2050.”

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Kean says the Hume Hydrogen Highway is the first initiative of a state-wide hydrogen refuelling network.

“What we’re looking for is strong industry collaboration between refuelling station operators, fleet operators, truck manufacturers, major freight customers, and other entities which will be vital to the success of the initiative,” Kean says.

The Victorian, NSW and Queensland governments will collaborate on the development of the renewable hydrogen highway by 2026, focusing on the Hume Highway, the Pacific Highway and the Newell Highway.

Grant applications close 21 October 2022. The successful applicant must enter into a joint funding agreement with both governments.

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