Coregas plays significant role in hydrogen-powered trucks and refuelling stations
The transition to a hydrogen economy is underway, and Australia is well-positioned to play a significant role thanks to its renewable resources and proximity to energy-hungry economies. The Australian Hydrogen Strategy identified several key areas for this development, including export, decarbonisation of natural gas, industrial feedstock for steel and ammonia production, and transport.
Coregas is involved in Australia’s largest Hydrogen project, the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) gasification plant in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria -- which will see Coregas aiming to load the world’s first liquid hydrogen ship in Victoria for transport to Japan. It aims to demonstrate the liquid hydrogen supply chain from production to shipment. If successful, it could lead to establishment of the largest hydrogen hub in the world.
Coregas has also focused on developing domestic hydrogen mobility solutions. With support from the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund, Coregas aims to commission the first Australian hydrogen refuelling station for trucks. The station will have daily capacity to fill up to 10 hydrogen-powered trucks, also known as fuel cell electric vehicles. The first two hydrogen-powered trucks - also known as fuel cell electric vehicles. The first two hydrogen-powered prime movers will operate in the Coregas fleet from early 2022. Their emissions profile is around half that of diesel prime movers. There are more than 100,000 heavy trucks in Australia, so transitioning heavy transport could significantly reduce carbon emissions and also noise, and particle pollution.
Coregas is establishing a unique value chain to support the infrastructure and core competencies required to assist in the development of Wesfarmers’ and Australia’s zero emission future.