$15.5m funding to support the introduction of hydrogen trucks to Townsville, Australia

$15.5m funding to support the introduction of hydrogen trucks to Townsville, Australia

Ark Energy H2, Sun Metals, and the Queensland Government continue to support the development of the first hydrogen-powered trucking solution in Australia with a new joint $15.5m funding.

It is expected that the development of the new clean truck will significantly reduce carbon emission within the trucking sector whilst also growing the hydrogen industry within Townsville.

The investment for the project comes in two packages, $12.5m from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and $3.02m from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

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The CEFC funding will support the construction of a 1MW electrolyser to produce hydrogen as well as a refuelling infrastructure to support the implementation of the trucks.

As well as this, the funding will facilitate the purchase of five 140 tonnes heavy haul hydrogen trucks to support the Sun Metals zinc mining operations near Townsville.

The added $3.02m from ARENA will be paid upon commissions of the refuelling facility and delivery of the five trucks.

The investment and introduction of hydrogen trucks is expected to support Ark Energy’s SunHQ hydrogen hub which is expected to produce up to 159 tonnes of hydrogen a year once operational.

Angus Taylor, Australian Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, said, “This world leading hydrogen trucking project is the first by the CEFC through our $300m Advancing Hydrogen Fund.

“This shows that Australian hydrogen projects are advancing from early-stage R&D to commercial operations – a key step in advancing our clean hydrogen industry.

“We have backed our clean hydrogen sector to the tune of more than $1bn. Our ongoing investments and technology-focused approach will lower hydrogen production costs to provide sustainable, low-cost energy for customers in Australia and overseas.”

The Australian Hydrogen Council also supports the new investment; Dr. Fiona Simon said, “We are delighted to see this funding from the CEFC through the Advancing Hydrogen Fund to support hydrogen production, refuelling infrastructure and five zero emissions trucks.

“Queensland has chased the hydrogen opportunity with gusto, and this is just another example of Queensland delivering on its ambition to develop a world-leading hydrogen industry.

“The Australian Hydrogen Council sees the trials of hydrogen fuel cell buses and trucks as an immediate priority, given the need to procure vehicles.

“We have an enormous opportunity in Australia to create a vibrant hydrogen industry, both for domestic use and export but taking up hydrogen won’t happen without buy-in, funding, co-ordination and the right policy settings from governments.”

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