Viva Energy on track to power hydrogen truck highway
Viva Energy’s hydrogen fueling station in Geelong, designed to serve a diverse set of Australia’s largest commercial transport fleets, has achieved several milestones and is expected to be delivered in late 2023.
Viva Energy has placed an order for a 2.5 MW electrolyzer for the creation of green hydrogen as well as a rapid hydrogen distribution system capable of refueling several vehicles at once. The company said this equipment will be the first of its kind in the Australian market and is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2023.
The containerized electrolyser is supplied by Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Nel ASA in Norway, together with its local partner ENGV, and is expected to be the largest in Australia by a considerable margin. Once installed, it will be at least twice the size of any other electrolyser producing green hydrogen in the country, Viva Energy said in a press release.
Additionally, Viva Energy is partnering with Air Liquide to provide a “quick fill” hydrogen refueling package designed to refuel at least 10 trucks or buses consecutively.
This state-of-the-art system will be the largest in Australia and will be able to dispense 300kg of hydrogen in less than two hours. This will provide Viva Energy’s hydrogen customers with a refueling experience similar to today’s traditional filling station.
Together, this equipment will provide Viva Energy with the capacity to generate and deliver over 1,000 kg of green hydrogen per day, powering a fleet of at least 15 heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
These are essential first steps in Viva Energy’s vision to establish Australia’s most ambitious hydrogen mobility project, which is expected to be the catalyst for a network of hydrogen fueling stations from Geelong and Melbourne to Sydney. and Brisbane.
Viva Energy’s hydrogen mobility project was made possible by funding of $22.8 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $1 million from the Renewable Hydrogen Commercialization Pathways Fund of the Victorian government.
Viva Energy announced its hydrogen vision in March when it named four founding partners who committed to the first seven heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that will be refueled at Viva Energy’s hydrogen outlet. It is continuing its dialogue with other potential partners wishing to deploy heavy-duty hydrogen vehicles and reduce their emissions.
Green hydrogen is not currently available in commercial quantities that can be delivered to Australia. Viva Energy’s delivery model therefore involves the production of green hydrogen on site through the use of renewable electricity and recycled water.
The electrolyser will produce hydrogen by using renewable electricity to separate water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Recycled water will be supplied by Barwon Water’s North Water Plant.
Viva Energy has extensive experience in the safe operation of high voltage and hydrogen infrastructure at its nearby Geelong Refinery site and currently generates around 70 tonnes of hydrogen per day as part of the oil refining process. .
Although this is Australia’s first publicly accessible commercial hydrogen refueling station, the technology has been in use overseas for over 10 years and there are over 680 hydrogen refueling stations in 33 countries.