Coregas announced the opening of Australia’s first hydrogen refueling station for heavy transport. The new station, which will facilitate the introduction of zero emissions fuel cell trucks to the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region, will be able to rapidly refuel up to 10 vehicles daily. Construction of the $2 million facility has been assisted by a $500,000 NSW Government grant. It is a low-cost commercial solution capitalizing on existing infrastructure “aimed to seed a future network of hydrogen fueled transport,” according to Coregas.
“Locating H2Station alongside Coregas’ existing hydrogen production plant and transport hub for bulk hydrogen in Port Kembla created operational and cost efficiencies,” said Alan Watkins, Executive General Manager at Coregas in Australia “It will allow hydrogen trucks to access the majority of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region and reach metropolitan Sydney.”
“Transitioning Coregas’ diesel truck fleet to fuel cell vehicles is a cornerstone of the company’s decarbonization roadmap. Coregas’ diesel truck fleet travels almost 6 million kilometers every year, equivalent to driving 150 times around the world, which contributes to 54% of Coregas’ carbon emissions,” he added.
Working with project partner Haskel, the new facility will compress hydrogen from the existing Coregas plant up to 500bar, enabling supply into the 350bar cylinders on board the fuel cell vehicle. The hydrogen dispensing system has the capacity to discharge 400 kilograms of fuel cell grade hydrogen.
“The hydrogen system utilizes our world-leading compression, storage and dispensing equipment specifically designed and optimized for Port Kembla,” commented Stewart Anderson, Haskel Hydrogen Business Development Manager (APAC).