Coregas, the largest Australian-owned gases company, is building a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy vehicles at its existing Port Kembla hydrogen production facility.
The project was given the go-ahead after Coregas received a $500,000 grant from the NSW government’s Port Kembla Community Investmenty Fund.
Coregas says the facility, located at the BlueScope site, will enable the deployment of Australia’s first prime mover fleet of hydrogen powered vehicles.
Coregas Executive General Manager, Alan Watkins, said this project is a game changer for Australia and forms part of Coregas’ commitment to develop the Australian hydrogen sector.
Watkins said Coregas is also going to run a small portion of its own fleet as some of the first hydrogen heavy goods vehicles in Australia, hopefully within nine months.
Coregas will be making data from the project available and expects converting trucks from diesel to hydrogen will halve its vehicle emissions.
The Port Kembla hydrogen mobility facility will demonstrate the suitability of fuel cell vehicles to Australian fleets as a commercially ready solution and showcase the technology’s potential to improve energy security, create jobs and investment, and decarbonise the transport sector, said Coregas.