Australia’s first public commercial hydrogen refuelling station will be built at Geelong’s Viva Energy plant.
The service station, which is expected to open in late 2023, will play a critical role in reducing diesel emissions in heavy transport vehicles.
Viva Energy’s $43.3 million project will include 15 hydrogen electric heavy vehicles, including prime movers, buses and wastewater and waste collection vehicles, to be purchased by the project’s foundation partners. This includes Toll Group, bus company ComfortDelGro Corporation (CDC), Cleanaway and Barwon Water for their fleets.
The project will incorporate a 2-megawatt electrolyser for the generation of renewable hydrogen, using recycled water from Barwon Water’s Northern Water Plant.
The project received a $22.8 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program.
The Victorian Government also contributed $1 million to the project via the Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund.