WA Fuels ATCO and Fortescue's drive for green H2 vehicles
ATCO and Fortescue’s H2 refueller is another step closer, with today’s announcement the project has been awarded $1 million from the Western Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund.
The funding will further support ATCO and Fortescue’s commitment to develop, deploy and operate combined green hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure, based at ATCO’s Jandakot Operations Centre.
The H2 Refueller will provide ATCO, Fortescue and agreed third parties with the opportunity to refuel vehicles capable of utilising hydrogen as the primary fuel source, including a fleet of Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles which have been made available by Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. Capable of filling a car in less than five minutes, the hydrogen refueller allows for a swift refuelling of hydrogen vehicles, with a full tank of green hydrogen, allowing the Toyota Mirai to travel up to 500kms emissions free.
ATCO’s Managing Director, Patrick Creaghan, said the project will serve as a showcase for hydrogen mobility in the State and support the transition to the next generation of zero-emission transport, further building Western Australia’s reputation as a leader in the hydrogen industry in Australia.
“ATCO is committed to expediting the global transition to a net-zero emissions balance in the future and sees a significant opportunity for hydrogen to play a role in that future.
“This is an exciting next step for ATCO’s hydrogen journey. Our Clean Energy Innovation Hub (Hub) has been generating green hydrogen for 12 months, and the H2 Refueller will allow us to expand the Hub’s capability.
“ATCO is a leader in the renewable hydrogen field, and was the first company to generate green hydrogen in Australia through electrolysis powered only by solar. We see partnering with Fortescue on this project as a natural progression for us, as we both have a history of developing and adopting innovation and technology and are keen to apply our knowledge to further developing and contributing to Western Australia’s burgeoning renewable hydrogen industry.”
WA Premier Mark McGowan said that major export markets are seeking hydrogen much sooner than expected, and we are in a prime position to join the supply chain.
"Investing in our clean energy future will not only create jobs and training opportunities for Western Australians, but will further diversify our economy."
ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub is delivering benefits beyond WA, with capability and expertise developed from the Hub being exported to Canada and the USA.
For more information about ATCO’s facility, visit www.atco.com/ceih