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Jemena signs hydrogen MoU with Hyundai Australia and Coregas

Hydrogen-powered vehicles in Australia are a step closer to taking over Sydney’s roads after Melbourne-based power, and gas utility major Jemena Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Australia and Coregas, to produce and deliver hydrogen gas to Hyundai’s Macquarie Park headquarters from early 2021.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles in Australia are a step closer to taking over Sydney’s roads after Melbourne-based power, and gas utility major Jemena Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Australia and Coregas, to produce and deliver hydrogen gas to Hyundai’s Macquarie Park headquarters from early 2021 (photo courtesy Jemena).

The Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) estimated that in 2018 there were over 330 hydrogen refuelling stations around the world, half of which were in Japan and the United States (US). The Council is looking to increase that to over 3 000 refuelling stations globally by 2025, enough to provide hydrogen for about two million Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

In Australia, there is one permanent refuelling station, at Hyundai Australia’s Macquarie Park showroom in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW). A refuelling station is under construction in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), with others planned for Melbourne, Victora (VIC) and Brisbane, Queensland (QLD).

The largest hydrogen vehicle fleet in Australia is the 20 Hyundai NEXO SUVs, soon to be deployed by the ACT Government.

Domestic green hydrogen

Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said the deal will make hydrogen gas, generated from solar and wind power, available to the vehicle industry.

A lack of critical refuelling infrastructure is regularly cited as a hand-brake to hydrogen vehicle sales. Our agreement with Hyundai and Coregas releases some of that pressure and is an opportunity to demonstrate that renewably generated hydrogen gas can be made directly available to the vehicle and transport sectors. The MOU also signals the wider community benefits of our Western Sydney Green Gas project and demonstrates the value of renewable gas to Australia’s transport industry, said Frank Tudor.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, which runs the motor. With a range of approximately 650 kilometres, hydrogen-powered FCEVs can travel much further than pure Electric Vehicles (EVs). As part of the deal, Coregas will provide the compressor, pipework, and connectors for filling and discharging hydrogen.

The hydrogen gas for transport will be generated as part of Jemena’s AU$15 million Western Sydney Green Gas project, which is being co-funded on a 50 percent basis by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

In addition to supporting the hydrogen vehicle industry, the project will also produce hydrogen from solar and wind power and test how hydrogen gas can be stored and used across Jemena’s NSW gas network.

We are demonstrating that electrolysers not only produce safe and green hydrogen gas to blend with natural gas for home appliances but that they also enable hydrogen to be made available for zero-emission transportation, Frank Tudor said.

Jemena’s own customer research found that 69 percent of respondents would be happy to consider travelling on private and public hydrogen-powered transport and that 66 percent thought there should be as much focus on hydrogen vehicles as there is on electric/hybrid vehicles.

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