The Queensland Government is adding hydrogen-powered cars to its fleet in a bid to accelerate the Australian state’s drive towards a hydrogen-fuelled future.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) would be integrated into QFleet as part of the $19m Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy.
“We’re ensuring Queensland is at the forefront of renewable hydrogen production in Australia,” Palaszczuk said.
“Globally, the race is on for hydrogen to be a new way of transporting clean energy that can provide secure jobs, new industries and export earnings.”
“Last year on a trade mission to Korea I discussed the potential for Queensland’s hydrogen industry and now we are seeing it become a reality.”
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the FCEVs were a logical addition to the government’s renewable energy, job-creating agenda.
“The FCEVs are a highly visible way that we can demonstrate the range of applications of renewable hydrogen and raise community awareness about the safe and sustainable use of hydrogen,” he said.
“We are looking forward to including Hyundai and Toyota vehicles in the trial as they are at the forefront of fuel cell technology.”
Hyundai Senior Manager Scott Nargar said the company was delighted to be working with the Queensland Government to showcase the many benefits of hydrogen-powered transport.
“We’re excited to see the commitment of the Queensland Government to a clean transport future and look forward to our hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the NEXO driving on Brisbane roads soon.”
Toyota Australia Manager Matt Macleod said he welcomed the Queensland Government’s support for a local hydrogen industry.
“The adoption of hydrogen-based solutions aligns with Toyota’s commitment to show the benefits of FCEVs to the general public and bring zero CO2 vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai to the Australian market in the future,” he said.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said BOC would supply the renewable hydrogen to fuel the vehicles and install a hydrogen refuelling station at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane.
“The Palaszczuk Government has been working with BOC and QUT to deliver both the renewable hydrogen plant at Bulwer Island and the development of a hydrogen vehicle refuelling station in Brisbane, which will allow the FCEVs to be integrated into QFleet,” he said.
QUT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil AO said the university was committed to supporting renewable hydrogen development as part of a suite of approaches to providing for the world’s future energy needs.
“QUT is delighted to host the state’s first hydrogen refuelling station — it’s an excellent example of industry, government and academia working together on real-world problems,” Sheil said.
“As a learning institute, it is our mission to help equip the workers of tomorrow to safely produce, handle and use renewable hydrogen and related technologies.”
Managing Director of BOC South Pacific John Evans said the company was proud to leverage its hydrogen expertise and existing infrastructure to facilitate the introduction of hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel.
He continued, “We congratulate the Queensland Government on its commitment to trial FCEVs across its fleet and look forward to establishing world-class production and refuelling facilities that support the emerging hydrogen economy in Queensland.”