First Hydrogen Fuel Stations in Australia

(A Hydrogen Pump in Britain)

The first public hydrogen fuel station in Australia is under construction and expected to be completed next month. It will be the forerunner on the list, and then at least another four stations to be opened up to the public by the end of the year.

The Australian Hydrogen Council reports that one station in Fyshwich - Canberra suburb – will be opened next month, followed will be another one at The University of Brisbane in Brisbane, one at Tonsley Park in Adelaide, and one at the Toyota Australia based in Melbourne’s Altona; all by the end of the year.

There is a $300 million project, Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project, backed by Infinite Blue Energy expected to be built this year in Dongara, which is 320km north of Perth. It is a green hydrogen plant, powered by wind and solar, is reckoned to start supplying hydrogen fuel at the end of next year and will produce about 25 hydrogen tonnes per day.

GHD Advisory and BP Australia are currently working on a feasible solution that to make hydrogen available in the Western Australia seaside town of Geraldton. In South Australia, the state government has been incorporated with the gas company AGIG to be building a large green hydrogen plant in Tonsley Park, which will feed three stations in Adelaide as well as introducing hydrogen to the city as another option beside its gas energy grid.

Tasmania has granted a $50 million project of hydrogen infrastructure, and Clean Energy Finance Corporation has also sponsored a $70 million for green hydrogen project. In addition, the federal government has a budget of up to $700 million for clean energy projects with stations being operated 10-megawatts or greater.

Australian Hydrogen Council co-founder and senior manager of future mobility at Hyundai Motor Company Australia, Scott Nargar, said there were export opportunities for Australia if we can source hydrogen from brown coal and natural gas. "There are a lot of opportunities here opened for this new industry and a whole new skill set available for Australia with hydrogen. It will generate jobs for the future and earn substantial export revenue.” he said.

Mr Nargar said, from Hyundai’s perspective, recently they have imported 20 hydrogen fuel-cell Nexo cars, but not stopping at that, he now sees potential for trucks and buses, which are already running in Korea and Europe.

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