Fuelling company Waitomo Group and green energy supplier Hiringa Energy have partnered to develop New Zealand’s first nationwide hydrogen refuelling station network.
Through the partnership, the New Zealand-based companies will collaboratively assess the detailed engineering requirements and consenting for the network of hydrogen refuelling sites.
Initial locations for the stations have been selected, with plans for a further 20 stations to be developed across both North and South Island. Development and consenting for the first hydrogen refuelling sites are set to begin this year.
Andrew Clennett, Hiringa Energy CEO and Co-Founder says the partnering brings together the complementary skills and strengths of two future-focused companies to provide leadership in the development of hydrogen as a viable alternative fuel source for New Zealand.
“Heavy transport makes up only four percent of our vehicles, but they’re responsible for over 25 percent of our total vehicle emissions,” said Clennett.
“Hydrogen is the key technology that will allow these fleets to stay on the road – a mass-market, clean energy solution that can have a real impact on reducing our transport emissions.”
“Two small, Kiwi, family-owned businesses working together to how leadership in this space, for our children’s future and for the wider economy, is really exciting and the potential for New Zealand is huge, but we can’t do it on our own.”
“Delivering high-impact, commercially-viable solutions to reduce emissions will require input and partnership between government, cities, regions and private businesses.”
“Establishing partnerships with leading companies like Waitomo is a key strategy to enable this transition, and we look forward to more partners coming on board with us.”
The companies will also work together to identify and scope further sites for development.
“Adding low emission alternative fuel solutions to our network is a no-brainer,” said Jimmy Ormsby, Managing Director at Waitomo.
“Working with a company like Hiringa that shares our values and vision, and wants to make a positive impact on New Zealand’s future fuel supply options for Kiwis and Kiwi businesses, is a project we’re really proud to be involved in.”