- The hydrogen refuelling facility will support low emission hydrogen fuel cell trucks in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region when it comes online in the first half of 2022.
- Among the first vehicles to use the refuelling facility will be two Hyzon hydrogen powered prime movers purchased by Coregas.
- The refuelling station represents a key building block for the development of the Port Kembla Hydrogen Hub.
Coregas, part of Wesfarmers Group and the only Australian-owned gases company, has purchased a refuelling station and dispenser from Haskel Hydrogen Systems Group for Australia’s first commercial, hydrogen-powered heavy vehicle refuelling station at Coregas’s hydrogen production facility at Port Kembla, New South Wales.
The hydrogen refuelling station, to be installed on the Bluescope Port Kembla site, will come online in 2022 and will be used to fill hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles, including Coregas’s own Hyzon Hymax-450 prime movers.
Hydrogen fuel cell-powered heavy vehicles deliver an immediate 50 per cent carbon emission reduction compared to the diesel trucks currently in use, and future use of biomethane or other source of renewable hydrogen further reduces these emissions to zero. Hydrogen powered vehicles emit only water vapour from the exhaust which also eliminates other harmful emissions from diesel vehicles including nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and fine particles.
“Coregas is actively supporting the development of Australia’s hydrogen economy and using hydrogen in the decarbonization of the transport sector is a key priority for us,” Coregas Executive General Manager Alan Watkins said. “We believe the shorter refuelling times, longer range, and higher payloads of hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles compared to equivalent battery electric vehicles means they will have a crucial role to play in making Australia’s transport sector sustainable.
“We are proud to be leading by example by operating our own Hyzon hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles from next year and expect strong interest from other organisations in accessing our hydrogen refuelling station in Port Kembla when it comes online.”
Access to hydrogen fuel and refuelling infrastructure are key enablers of the adoption of hydrogen as a zero-emission vehicle fuel alternative in the sector. Coregas’s hydrogen refuelling station at Port Kembla, supported by the New South Wales Government and part of the Port Kembla Hydrogen Hub (https://portkemblahydrogenhub.com.au/), will initiate a transformation of the region’s transport environmental footprint by enabling the deployment of a fleet of hydrogen-powered prime mover vehicles in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region, which is primed to be an epicentre of the emerging hydrogen sector.
Haskel Hydrogen Systems Group will provide the hydrogen refuelling system to be used at the Port Kembla facility. The system will take hydrogen from the Coregas plant, compress it to 350 bar, and deliver it to a dispenser at the vehicle fuelling station 50 metres away.
Stephen Learney, Vice President and General Manager of Haskel, said: “Haskel are proud to be working with Coregas to support the adoption of hydrogen technology in Australia’s transport sector. We have worked with Coregas for many years through our local representation in Australia and are pleased to be able to continue our partnership to collaborate on this truly groundbreaking project.”
For further information, images, or interview, please contact: Wodek Jakubik (Innovation Manager, Coregas) on +61 409 227 209 or [email protected].
As a Wesfarmers company, Coregas is the only Australian-owned gases company. With a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning over 40 years, Coregas services a huge range of industries, manufacturing gases locally and distributing them throughout Australia and New Zealand via a network of branches and third parties. Coregas has been a leader in hydrogen in Australia for decades and supplies a wide range of other products including industrial gases, medical gases and specialty gases in quantities ranging from single cylinders to bulk liquid tanks. Coregas is changing the gases industry, seeking to raise the bar in terms of service, quality, and value, and believes the best way to grow the business is to listen to customers and deliver on promises to them.
For further information, visit: https://www.coregas.com.au/
Haskel, a business of the Precision and Science Technologies Segment at Ingersoll Rand, is the global leader in high-pressure liquid and gas transfer and compression technology solutions for critical applications in hydrogen mobility, aerospace and defence, energy and other industries. The organisation’s Hydrogen Systems Group, based in Sunderland, UK, supports the development of global refuelling infrastructure, including hydrogen fuelling stations and hydrogen dispensing solutions. With 75 years of expertise, Haskel’s leadership in the market is built on a reputation of safety, reliability and the highest quality. Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), is a global leader in mission-critical flow creation and industrial technologies.
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