Work begins on North Island’s first hydrogen fueling station

Construction of the country’s first green hydrogen refueling station in Palmerston North begins this week.

Artist’s impression of Hiringa Energy’s green hydrogen fueling stations, which will support hydrogen trucks.
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It is the first of four hydrogen refueling stations developed by energy companies Hiringa Energy and Waitomo Group.

The two companies said they were building New Zealand’s first national hydrogen refueling network, with the first station adjacent to Palmerston North Airport.

More than $50 million has been invested in the first phase of the project for four stations, and the two companies said detailed engineering and compliance work has been completed.

Resource consent has been granted for another station in Hamilton, and companies have requested consent for the Tauriko and Auckland sites.

The two companies aim to expand the network in the South Island from next year and hope to have 24 high-capacity refueling stations across the country over the next four to five years.

Hiringa said it has financial support through its partners Mitsui and Co, government funding, the Covid-19 recovery fund and growth capital from other investors.

Waitomo self-finances its investment. Its chief executive, Jimmy Ormsby, said the inauguration of the first station would be a milestone.

“What started as a discussion between two innovative and forward-looking Kiwi companies about developing hydrogen at our existing and new Waitomo fuel stations, is now becoming a reality for future generations of Kiwis,” he said. -he declares.

Hiringa managing director Andrew Clennett said it was one of the world’s first heavy-haul refueling networks.

He said heavy transport accounts for more than a quarter of total vehicle emissions in New Zealand, despite only accounting for 4% of vehicles.

“Green hydrogen is the key technology that will keep these fleets on the road. It is a clean, consumer-grade energy solution that can have a real impact on reducing our transportation emissions” , said Clennett.

An initial fleet of 20 zero-emission Hyzon hydrogen trucks has been purchased by truck rental company TR Group, with the trucks able to travel more than 600 km between refuelings.

Waitomo and Hiringa said Hyundai New Zealand was importing five heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

Maria D. Ervin