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Hydrogen users looking to join hubs

We are seeking registrations from existing or potential hydrogen consumers interested in purchasing hydrogen from the hubs now, or at some point in the future.

Complete a registration of interest (ROI) to have your hydrogen user information published on this page.

Hub proponents can access this information when looking for partners for their hydrogen hub proposal. Any hydrogen users that are part of a hub may be eligible for grant funding as part of the overall hub proposal.

Ampol refuelling network

Hydrogen consumer: Ampol

End use category: Transport

Contact:  Benn Martens (benn.martens@ampol.com.au)  

Region: NSW-wide

Description: Ampol is looking to roll out a hydrogen refuelling network in NSW. In the initial stages, the network will be focused on the major freight routes connecting Sydney to Brisbane and Melbourne.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 100,000 kg per year at the beginning of operation, scaling up to approximately 1,800,000 kg per year in future phases.

Timeline: Expect to be ready to purchase hydrogen from 1 July 2024.

EnergyAustralia Tallawarra B

Hydrogen consumer: EnergyAustralia

End use category: Energy storage and generation

Contact: Justin Courmadias (justin.courmadias@energyaustralia.com.au)

Region: Illawarra

Description: EnergyAustralia is in the process of developing the Tallawarra B open cycle 300+ MW power station adjacent to its Tallawarra A combined cycle power station at Lake Illawarra. This peaking power station will be capable of using a blend of green hydrogen and natural gas. EnergyAustralia is looking to purchase 200,000 kg of green hydrogen per year from 2025 for 10 years.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: 200,000 kg per year

Timeline: Construction of the Tallawarra B power station is on track to be completed for summer 2023/24.

HDF Energy

Hydrogen consumer: HDF Energy Australia Pty Ltd

End use category: Energy storage and generation, and refuelling stations

Contact:  Ildo Agnetti (ildo.agnetti@hdf-energy.com)

Region: NSW-wide, subject to the hydrogen production location and offtaker's requirements

Description: HDF Energy is developing hydrogen-to-power solutions (HyPower) using its own high-power fuel cell technology. The hydrogen will provide long-duration energy storage to power HDF Energy’s fuel cell. The HyPower plant can provide on-demand, dispatchable and clean power to the grid or microgrid and off-grid systems. It can be used as a primary power source or as a clean backup system, replacing and providing the same grid services as thermal power plants such as diesel gensets.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Dependent on the expected power purchase agreement type and power/energy requirements. For 24/7 primary power, HDF Energy can consider a need of 2,000,000 kg per year for a 3MW output or 6,000,000 kg per year for a 10MW output.

Timeline: Expect to be ready to purchase hydrogen from 1 January 2025 (to be defined based on the offtaker’s power requirements).

Hydrexia green hydrogen for export markets

Hydrogen consumer: Hydrexia

End use category: Transport

Contact: Daniel Zafir (daniel.zafir@hydrexia.com)

Region: Domestic and international export

Description: Hydrexia has a proprietary metal-hydride containerised storage module for intermodal distribution (i.e., road, rail, and sea) and storage (in stationary applications) of hydrogen. Each container can transport over 1,000kg of hydrogen in a non-volatile, ambient pressure and temperature state and is capable of long-duration storage, being entirely lossless over time. In 2021, Hydrexia merged with Hyfun, China’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen refuelling stations to enable hydrogen distribution for their (and now, our) growing network. With 57 refuelling stations presently operating in China, in 2022, Hydrexia has established operations in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and North America and is looking for its first project sites outside of China.

Estimated hydrogen consumption:   Approximately 100,000 kg per year at the beginning of the operation, scaling up to approximately 1,000,000 kg per year in future phases.

Timeline: Expect to be ready to purchase hydrogen from 1 January 2023.

Lighthouse laundry services

Hydrogen consumer: Lighthouse laundry services

End use category: Transport, heating and gas, and other laundry equipment

Contact: Anthony Dann (anthony@whiteboxenterprises.com.au)

Region: Northern Rivers

Description: We are currently building a large-scale commercial laundry. We want to create the most environmentally sustainable laundry in the world, washing more than 60 tonnes of linen for the Northern Rivers region at full capacity. Our plan is to replace the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) normally consumed in our operations, with green hydrogen. This may include up to 4 hydrogen vehicles, which will require seeking access to a hydrogen refuelling station.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 48000kg per year from December 2023, scaling up to 168000kg within 24 months.

Timeline: Expected to start operation in December 2023.

Pearl Energy green hydrogen refuelling network

Hydrogen consumer: Pearl Energy Pty Ltd (in Trust on behalf of Pearl Energy Trust)

End use category: Transport

Contact: Robert Nicholson (rnicholson@pittsh.com.au)

Region: NSW-wide

Description: Pearl Energy, a major independent fuel distributor, is implementing a hydrogen refuelling and retailing strategy. The strategy will ensure Pearl Energy is ready for the future of mobility by developing green hydrogen refuelling facilities at service centre fuel sites across regional and metropolitan NSW transport corridors. The hydrogen produced would refuel short and long-haul logistics vehicles and back-to-base heavy vehicles such as garbage trucks and buses.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 55,000 kg per year at the beginning of operation, scaling up to approximately 1,000,000 kg per year in future phases.

Timeline: Expect to be ready to purchase hydrogen from 1 July 2024.

Port Kembla dual-fuel power station

Hydrogen consumer: Squadron Energy

End use category: Energy storage and generation

Contact: Kylie Hargreaves (kylie.hargreaves@ausindenergy.com)

Region: Illawarra

Description: Australian Industrial Power (AIP), an entity of Squadron Energy, is looking to secure hydrogen for their proposed 635 MW dual-fuel power station. The project will initially be able to operate with a 50% green hydrogen capacity by volume, and aim to convert to 100% green hydrogen by 2030.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 150,000,000 kg - 175,000,000 kg per year at full operational scale. However, initially, it is expected to operate as a 435 MW open-cycle with a 50% hydrogen mix. This will require approximately 22,000,000 kg per year.

Timeline: The first hydrogen delivery is required for commissioning in summer 2024/25.

SCE Group heavy vehicle operations

Hydrogen consumer: SCE Group

End use category: Transport and existing industrial

Contact: Cameron Hall (chall@sce-aust.com)

Region: Illawarra

Description: SCE Group is interested in operating several hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), initially from the Port Kembla region for their major partners in steel manufacturing and cement industries. SCE aims to help partners reach their decarbonisation targets by supplementing traditional diesel-powered equipment with FCEVs. SCE operates a range of mobile equipment and trucks at major steel production and coal sites in NSW. They also operate civil demolition waste recycling sites in the Hunter with 20 vehicles, and Illawarra with over 40 vehicles based at Port Kembla.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 30,000 kg per year at the beginning of the operation, scaling up to approximately 600,000 kg per year in future phases.

Timeline: Current supply chain forecasts for full mobilisation indicate Q3 of 2023. However, this may vary depending on the manufacturer.

Toyota hydrogen mobility solutions

Hydrogen consumer: Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited

End use category: Transport, existing industrial and greenfield industrial

Contact: Andrew Willis (andrew.willis@toyota.com.au)

Region: Hydrogen refuelling corridors and Toyota's Kemps Creek Parts Warehouse

Description: Toyota, and related group companies, are bringing to market a wide variety of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), industrial equipment and mobility technologies. The range of products already in the market or under evaluation includes:

  • route and touring bus
  • commuter buses
  • shuttle buses
  • light commercial vans and trucks
  • forklifts and heavy rail trains
  • passenger cars
  • stationary hydrogen fuel cell electricity generation equipment.

Toyota welcomes the opportunity to explore hydrogen-based solutions that link with the hydrogen hubs and Hydrogen refuelling corridor initiatives.  

Estimated hydrogen consumption:  Potential consumption in NSW could be around 3,000 kg per annum by 2025.

Timeline: Expect to be ready to purchase hydrogen from 2025.

Transit Systems city-bus hydrogen deployment

Hydrogen consumer: Transit Systems

End use category: Transport

Contact: Mark Peters (mpeters@transitsystems.com.au)

Region: Greater Sydney

Description: Transit Systems is looking to secure hydrogen for its 2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses (HFCBs) which are due in Q1 2022. It will service metropolitan public transport contracts in NSW.

The 2 Foton Mobility HFCBs are built to Australian Standards and TfNSW bus specifications. They can be fuelled with a small scale refueller and (if approved by TfNSW) will each consume approximately 20 - 30 kg of hydrogen per day.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 15,000 kg per year initially. There is potential to scale up to 75,000k g per year with 10 HFCBs and 150,000 kg per year with 20 HFCBs.

Timeline: The first two bus assets and Refueller are arranged for Q1 2022.

Transport for NSW - statewide maintenance and delivery zero emissions transition

Hydrogen consumer: Transport for NSW

End use category: Transport and energy storage and generation

Contact: Paul Walker (paul.walker2@transport.nsw.gov.au)

Region: NSW Wide

Description: The Transport for NSW statewide maintenance and delivery division is transitioning its commercial vehicle fleet to zero emissions by 2031. This includes around 1500 truck and plant units distributed across NSW, including sites along the Hume Highway between Sydney and Wagga Wagga. Using hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles for ongoing road maintenance support across all regions of NSW will play a vital role in our transition, as electric vehicles won’t always meet our range and power requirements. Hydrogen use will be extended to stationary power applications for construction activities.

Estimated hydrogen consumption: Approximately 2,000 kg per year from 2025, scaling up to 30,000 kg or more beyond 2031.

Timeline: Initial trials starting in 2025, with full deployment in 2031.