ReNu Energy Limited’s subsidiary, Countrywide Hydrogen Pty Ltd, has entered into a Joint Cooperation Agreement with Smartavait Technologies Pty Ltd, trading as 7R Logistics.
This agreement aims to promote the utilization of green hydrogen in heavy transport vehicles across Tasmania, with the potential to expand into other states in the future.
7R Logistics, formerly known as BLU Logistics, is a leading transport company in Australia, servicing several prominent food and dairy enterprises. As per the agreement, Countrywide will develop its green hydrogen projects in Tasmania to supply 7R Logistics with certified green hydrogen at competitive rates, rivalling diesel.
In return, 7R Logistics will back Countrywide’s green hydrogen projects by offering a zero-emissions (ZE) heavy vehicle transport alternative to clients. These vehicles will be powered by fuel cells, with green hydrogen sourced exclusively from Countywide.
Both parties will jointly advocate for a ZE shift in the road transport sector, expanding ZE road transport alternatives for firms aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. Countrywide aims to establish three hydrogen refuelling stations in Tasmania, strategically located near Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie. This will ensure all major transport routes in the state are covered.
Hydrogen-powered trucks, expected to be available in Australia soon, will offer comparable or superior performance metrics to their diesel counterparts, including power output, torque, payload, refuelling time, and range. The launch is set to align with Countrywide’s first hydrogen production in Tasmania.
The signing event took place at the Launceston Airport, Tasmania, the site of Countrywide’s green hydrogen and refuelling project. ReNu Energy’s Executive Director, Geoffrey Drucker, and 7R Logistics’ Managing Director, Tim Jensen, were present at the event.
Geoffrey Drucker commented on the partnership, stating that the collaboration with 7R Logistics will expedite the development of green hydrogen projects in Tasmania. He called for state government support to enable the transition to zero-emissions road transport.
Tim Jensen also expressed his satisfaction with the partnership, stating that with many Australian companies announcing emissions reduction targets, there is a strong demand for freight services offering a zero-emissions alternative.
The agreement, currently non-binding, serves as a strategic framework for both parties to work collaboratively. It is intended to evolve into definitive arrangements as Countrywide’s projects advance.
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