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Viva Energy hydrogen service on track for 2023

Viva Energy is making significant strides forward in its hydrogen refuelling station project

Viva Energy announced further significant steps have been undertaken towards delivering its hydrogen refuelling station, which designed to service a diverse set of Australia’s most prominent commercial transport fleets.

Viva says the Geelong project has passed several significant milestones and is on track for delivery in late 2023.

Viva Energy has placed orders for a 2.5MW electrolyser for the creation of green hydrogen as well as a fast-fuelling hydrogen dispensing system capable of refuelling multiple vehicles at once.

This equipment will be the first of its kind in the Australian market and is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2023.

The containerised electrolyser is being provided by Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Nel ASA in Norway, together with its local partner ENGV, and is expected to be the largest in Australia by a considerable margin.

Once installed, Viva says it will be at least twice the size of any other electrolyser producing green hydrogen in the country.

In addition, Viva Energy is partnering with Air Liquide for the provision of a hydrogen refuelling package designed to refuel at least 10 trucks or buses consecutively.

This system will be the largest in Australia and will be capable of dispensing 300 kg of hydrogen in under two hours, providing Viva Energy’s hydrogen customers with a similar refuelling experience to today’s traditional service station.

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Together, this equipment will provide Viva Energy with the capacity to generate and deliver more than 1,000 kilograms of green hydrogen per day, powering a fleet of at least 15 hydrogen fuel cell heavy vehicles.

These are critical first steps in Viva Energy’s vision to establish the hydrogen mobility project, which is expected to be the catalyst for a network of hydrogen refuelling stations reaching from Geelong and Melbourne to Sydney and Brisbane.

Viva Energy’s hydrogen mobility project was made possible through $22.8 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $1 million from the Victorian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund.

The electrolyser will produce hydrogen by using renewable electricity to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, while the recycled water will be supplied from Barwon Water’s Northern Water Plant.

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