First hydrogen refueller at service station opens

BOC hydrogen refuelling station

Gas and engineering company, BOC, and BP Australia today celebrated the official opening of Australia’s first hydrogen refueller at a service station.

Located at a service station at the BP Port of Brisbane Truckstop in Lytton, the milestone marks the completion of BOC’s Bulwer Island end-to-end renewable hydrogen demonstration project.

The hydrogen refuelling station’s green hydrogen is produced by BOC at its Bulwer Island production site ten minutes away with a 220kW electrolyser powered by solar energy generated onsite.

It is then transported in hydrogen tube trailers to the Linde hydrogen refuelling station located at the BP Port of Brisbane Truckstop.

BOC South Pacific Managing Director, Binod Patwari, said leveraging this existing infrastructure will be important to support the uptake of heavy transport particularly on major freight routes across Australia.

“BOC is proud to officially open this hydrogen refuelling station with BP Australia, which is a critical part of our Bulwer Island end-to-end renewable hydrogen project and demonstrates our commitment to progress hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel for transport,” he said.

“We are committed to scaling our hydrogen capabilities at this site in the future to support decarbonisation of high-emitting industries and working with government and industry to activate demand for hydrogen across Queensland.

“The successful integration of a hydrogen refuelling station at an existing service station has delivered key learnings that will pave the way for more hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Australia’s service station network.”

The project was first announced last year. At the time Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, said would be a critical link on the east coast hydrogen superhighway.

Following the completion of the station, de Brenni claimed Queensland’s green hydrogen industry is the next frontier in a world “hungry for renewables”.

“The decarbonisation of transport is one of the clearest routes to take as we travel towards our 2050 net-zero emissions target, and here in Queensland the rubber is hitting the road,” he said.

“Green hydrogen will be a game changer in decarbonising heavy haulage, shipping, manufacturing, and aviation–slashing emissions, helping tackle climate change, and safeguarding our natural wonders for generations to come.

“Hydrogen in the vehicle network offers benefits in terms of range, payloads, and fast refuelling, so I could not be prouder that it’s Queenslanders driving the change in building the national East Coast Renewable Hydrogen Superhighway.”

Initially, the charging facility will be used to refill the Queensland Government’s current fleet of five hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexos in approximately three to five minutes.

Any member of the public with a hydrogen car can also register with BP to refill their passenger vehicles with a BP plus card.

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