Canberra will be the first Australian city to pilot a publicly available hydrogen vehicle refuelling station which will be available by December 2019.
The station will be built in Mildura Street, Fyshwick, by ActewAGL with the support of renewable energy generator Neoen.
During the announcement of the hydrogen project, the ACT Government revealed it will add 20 new Hyundai hydrogen vehicles, funded by Neoen, to its fleet.
“This is a momentous step towards the ACT’s transition to 100 per cent renewable energy and for the next generation of zero-emission transport,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said.
“The ACT is a proud world leader in climate action. We’re on track to deliver 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020, and to achieve zero net emissions by 2045.
“However, tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, and zero-emission vehicle technology is a key part of this. By 2020 the ACT will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, meaning our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – at over 60 per cent – will come from transport.
“Being at the forefront of a potentially significant new industry for Australia also strengthens our position as a leader in energy innovation and helps us as we work towards our ambitious goal of zero net emissions by 2045.”
ActewAGL CEO John Knox said he was delighted that ActewAGL had been chosen by Neoen to build and operate this landmark project just a few minutes from Canberra’s CBD.
Hydrogen Mobility Australia CEO Claire Johnson said, “Government commitments to hydrogen, such as that from the ACT Government and COAG through the National Hydrogen Strategy, are important stepping stones in supporting the transition to a cleaner future for the Australian transport sector and beyond.
“Hydrogen applications, including vehicles are being supported by governments globally to meet their climate, energy and economic goals,”
“With Australia a potential supplier of this hydrogen to the world, it is excellent to see governments here stepping up to support local initiatives and assist the development of a domestic hydrogen sector.”
“Hydrogen Mobility Australia and its members look forward to working together with all stakeholders to support not only the next-generation of zero emission transport but also the bigger picture that clean hydrogen presents for our country.”