Australia’s first publicly available hydrogen car refuelling station will be built and operated in Canberra by ActewAGL, with the support of French renewable energy company Neoen.
The pilot project is the first step towards the potential introduction of hydrogen as a low-impact vehicle fuel source, in line with the ACT Government’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
The ACT Government will be the low-emission transport hub's first customer, with a new fleet of 20 hydrogen-powered vehicles due to be introduced in December, 2019. The vehicles will be refuelled at the new hydrogen refuelling station in Mildura St, Fyshwick.
Transport represents the largest source of carbon emissions in the ACT, and the pilot project could lead the way towards a decrease in pollutants with the uptake of more hydrogen-powered vehicles.
What is a hydrogen refuelling station?
A hydrogen refuelling station is the infrastructure through which hydrogen vehicles can be refuelled. The refuelling process is similar to the standard petrol pump process for diesel and petrol vehicles.
When can hydrogen vehicles begin using the hydrogen refuelling station?
The hydrogen refuelling station will be operational in December 2019. It will be available to any hydrogen vehicle driver, by agreement with ActewAGL.
What is a hydrogen vehicle?
Hydrogen vehicles use a fuel cell stack to create electricity which drives the vehicle’s electric motor. A fuel cell stack uses stored hydrogen, mixes it with oxygen and creates electricity - the only by-product is water.
Are hydrogen vehicles better for the environment?
Hydrogen vehicles create zero emissions, in comparison to a standard petrol vehicle, which emits approximately 4600 kilograms of carbon a year.
How much will it cost to refuel a hydrogen vehicle?
The long-term operating costs of hydrogen refuelling stations will be key learnings from the Fyshwick pilot project.
How is the hydrogen being made?
Hydrogen will be created onsite at ActewAGL’s low-emission transport hub in Mildura Street, Fyshwick. It will be created using a Proton Exchange Membrane electrolysis process which uses town water and renewable energy from the grid, supplemented by onsite solar generation.
Phase one May – June: Project in design
Phase two October – November: Construction of hydrogen infrastructure
Phase three December: Hydrogen refuelling station operational
Phase four 2020: Assess the commercial opportunity of introducing hydrogen as a vehicle fuel source
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