Queensland invests in green hydrogen for vehicles and industrial supply

Hydrogen’s potential to compliment traditional energy sources is getting greener, with gas company BOC to produce green hydrogen from renewable energy at its Bulwer Island gas facility in Brisbane.

Using existing industrial gas equipment and infrastructure, the project will utilise a 220kW electrolyser and a 100kW solar array to manufacture 2400 kg of renewable hydrogen every month.

The uses of the hydrogen will be twofold. First, to supply BOC’s industrial customers, and second, to provide renewable hydrogen for vehicle refuelling. 50kg of hydrogen a day will be produced for filling up vehicles.

“We congratulate the Queensland Government on its commitment to trial FCEVs across its fleet and look forward to establishing world-class production and refuelling facilities that support the emerging hydrogen economy in Queensland,” said managing director of BOC South Pacific, John Evans.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has committed $950,000 in funding towards the $3.1 million project.

With this project underway, the potential of hydrogen as an alternate fuel for consumer vehicles is developing steam, with the Queensland government announcing that hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles will be part of the state government’s fleet of vehicles. This large purchase of hydrogen vehicles will be part of the $19m Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024.

“Globally, the race is on for hydrogen to be a new way of transporting clean energy that can provide secure jobs, new industries and export earnings,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Last year on a trade mission to Korea I discussed the potential for Queensland’s hydrogen industry and now we are seeing it become a reality.”

Queensland hopes to make the most of a future powered by hydrogen, which could compliment the state’s existing gas industry.

“Queensland’s established infrastructure, first-class export facilities and abundant solar resources and land mean we are well-positioned to be the global partner of choice for hydrogen industry and investment opportunities,” said Minister for State Development, Cameron Dick.