New partnership to develop hydrogen refuelling infrastructure

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Pictured L-R: Pacific Energy Non-Executive Chairman Cliff Lawrenson, Hyundai Australia CEO Ted Lee, Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor, Ampol CEO Matthew Halliday. Image credit: Toyota Australia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Ampol, Hyundai Australia, Pacific Energy, and Toyota Australia to develop hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

The MOU brings together four like-minded companies, all of whom are prominent proponents of Australia’s expanding hydrogen economy and are willing to collaborate to build a more sustainable future.

Pacific Energy CEO Jamie Cullen said the company was pleased with joining a consortium aimed at decarbonising the transport sector and enhancing Australia’s H2 ecosystem.

“Our purpose at Pacific Energy is to transition the world to a clean energy future. To be successful, we know we must collectively lean into bold opportunities that help accelerate our journey towards net zero, and we know hydrogen and zero emissions vehicles play an important role in this approach,” Cullen stated.

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Hyundai and Toyota currently operate fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) fleets in Australia, while Ampol and Pacific Energy are investing heavily in energy solutions to support customers during the energy transition.

“Hydrogen can play an important role in delivering decarbonisation benefits for transport and developing the right infrastructure to support a successful rollout is key,” Ampol Managing Director and CEO Matthew Halliday said.

“The MOU establishes a collaborative working relationship between the parties, who are all required to develop the necessary hydrogen ecosystem to make hydrogen use as a transport fuel feasible,” Halliday added.

The MOU aims to merge the expertise and capabilities of all partners to assist in developing hydrogen refuelling stations for FCEVs in Canberra.

“In 2021, Hyundai deployed 23 NEXO Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles into Canberra as a partner in the ACT Government’s hydrogen station project – the first hydrogen refueller of its kind in Australia,” Hyundai CEO Ted Lee said.

“Our consortium partners have a great track record of deploying energy and refuelling infrastructure, along with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai looks forward to working with our experienced partner companies and the broader government and business community in the ACT to help the transition to a cleaner and greener transport future,” he stated.

According to Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor, Toyota has been enhancing its hydrogen capabilities in Australia since 2018, starting with local trials of its Mirai FCEV sedan and establishing Victoria’s first hydrogen production, storage, and refuelling facility.

“This month, we announced plans to locally assemble and distribute the EODev GEH2 fuel cell generator in Australia and this joint collaboration announced today provides further opportunities to explore and grow this vital technology,” he continued.