Hydrogen vehicles are a step closer to taking over Sydney’s roads after energy infrastructure company Jemena signed a new deal to supply Australia’s emerging zero emission vehicle industry with renewably generated green hydrogen. Jemena has committed, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Australia and Coregas, to produce and deliver hydrogen to Hyundai’s Macquarie Park headquarters from early 2021.
According to Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, the deal will make hydrogen, generated from solar and wind power, available to the vehicle industry. “A lack of critical refueling infrastructure is regularly cited as a hand-brake to hydrogen vehicle sales. Our agreement with Hyundai and Coregas releases some of that pressure and is an opportunity to demonstrate that renewably generated hydrogen can be made directly available to the vehicle and transport sectors,” he said.
Tudor also informed that hydrogen for transport will be generated as part of Jemena’s $15 million Western Sydney Green Gas project (which is being co-funded on a 50% basis by Australian Renewable Energy Agency – ARENA). “The MOU also signals the wider community benefits of our Western Sydney Green Gas project and demonstrates the value of renewable gas to Australia’s transport industry,” he added.
In addition to supporting the hydrogen vehicle industry, the project will also produce hydrogen from solar and wind power and test how hydrogen gas can be stored and used across Jemena’s New South Wales gas network.
With a range of approximately 650 kilometers, hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles can travel much further than electric vehicles. As part of the deal, Coregas will provide the compressor, pipework and connectors for filling and discharging hydrogen.