A hydrogen refuelling station is to open at the BP Truckstop in Lytton, Brisbane, later this year – but not for the use of truckies.
The Queensland Government’s current fleet of five hydrogen-powered Hyundai NEXOs will be the first to use the new refueller being supplied and installed by BOC.
It will dispense green hydrogen produced by BOC at its Bulwer Island production site, just 10 minutes from the Lytton truckstop. The green hydrogen will be produced by a 220 kW electrolyser powered by solar energy generated onsite.
John Evans, managing director of BOC South Pacific, said the partnership with BP Australia was an important step forward in developing a hydrogen refuelling service station network in Queensland.
“BOC is committed to supporting the development of hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel and decarbonising the transport sector in Australia,” said Evans.
“Working closely with our partner BP we will demonstrate how state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling stations can be safely integrated into the existing service station network, paving the way for more infrastructure to facilitate hydrogen trucks and buses.”
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick De Brenni said it was critical that locally made fuel continued to be available to power our heavy transport sector as it moved to lower its emissions and looked forward to supporting more green hydrogen initiatives from traditional fuel suppliers.
“The importance of this for our economic future cannot be overstated because this is another link in the supply chain, ensuring Queensland cements its status as a global force in the hydrogen industry,” said Minister de Brenni.
“From hydrogen-powered trucks and coaches to trains and marine vessels, we are exploring every opportunity to capitalise on the opportunities of Queensland’s energy transformation.”