Hy­dro­gen fuel cell waste trucks boost

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Zero-emis­sion waste col­lec­tion ve­hi­cle project get Vic­to­rian govern­ment fund­ing

RE­FU­ELLING IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE that will help a north­ern Mel­bourne coun­cil run a new fleet of zero- emis­sion heavy ve­hi­cles has re­ceived Vic­to­rian govern­ment fund­ing.

More­land City Coun­cil has linked with hy­dro­gen util­ity com­pany H2U and Iveco owner CNH In­dus­trial (CNHI) in the project that aims to see 12 zero- emis­sion waste col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles op­er­a­tional by early 2020, in a tran­si­tionary phase.

Fund­ing for the project has been pro­vided through the sec­ond round of the La­bor Govern­ment’s $20 mil­lion New En­ergy Jobs Fund.

The $ 9.37 mil­lion project will es­tab­lish Aus­tralia’s fi rst com­mer­cial- scale hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling sta­tion, which will pro­duce hy­dro­gen from 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy us­ing an on-site so­lar plant and grid-sourced wind power.

En­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio hailed the scheme.

“We’re in­vest­ing in new en­ergy tech­nol­ogy to re­duce green­house emis­sions and cre­ate jobs,” D’Am­bro­sio says.

“The sta­tion will ini­tially power the coun­cil’s waste col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles, with the long-term aim of in­clud­ing its en­tire heavy fl eet.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how the New En­ergy Jobs Fund is cre­at­ing jobs and boost­ing re­new­able en­ergy ca­pa­bil­i­ties across Vic­to­ria.”

Con­struc­tion of the re­fu­elling sta­tion is ex­pected to start early next year.

The Fund of­fers grants of be­tween $20,000 and $1 mil­lion to sup­port projects that in­crease the up­take of re­new­able en­ergy, re­duce emis­sions, and as­sist com­mu­nity groups to de­velop their own projects.

Round two of the New En­ergy Jobs Fund pro­vided more than $ 6.7 mil­lion in grants to 21 suc­cess­ful projects.

CNHI has part­nered with H2U to de­velop and test a fl eet of pre-pro­duc­tion hy­dro­gen fuel cell waste trucks.

“Fund­ing un­der the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s New En­ergy Jobs Fund is an im­por­tant mile­stone for our project,” H2U CEO Dr At­tilio Pigneri says.

“It pro­vides us with sig­nif­i­cant sup­port to progress project devel­op­ment, and im­por­tantly, it recog­nises and val­i­dates the twin goals of emis­sion re­duc­tion and jobs cre­ation that we share with our part­ners at More­land City Coun­cil and across the H2U Con­sor­tium.”

“The sta­tion will ini­tially power the coun­cil’s waste col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles...”

Lily D’Am­bro­sio

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