25 September 2023

ACT leads race for hydrogen cars

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A publicly available hydrogen vehicle refuelling station is to be built in Canberra — a first for an Australian city.

The clean-energy station will be located in Mildura Street, Fyshwick, set up by ActewAGL with the support of renewable energy generator, Neoen.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury (pictured right) said 20 new Hyundai hydrogen vehicles, funded by Neoen, are to be added to the Government fleet.

“This is a momentous step towards the ACT’s transition to 100 per cent renewable energy and for the next generation of zero-emission transport,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, and zero-emission vehicle technology is a key part of this,” he said.

“By 2020 the ACT will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, meaning our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions — at over 60 per cent — will come from transport.”

He said that being at the forefront of a potentially significant new industry for Australia also strengthened the ACT’s position as a leader in energy innovation.

Chief Executive of ActewAGL, John Knox (pictured centre) said he was delighted that ActewAGL had been chosen by Neoen to build and operate the landmark project.

“This is an incredible opportunity to continue our exploration of the role hydrogen can play as an energy source of the future,” Mr Knox said.

“We look forward to welcoming the ACT Government as the first customer of the hydrogen refuelling station, and to examining how we might potentially use hydrogen more broadly as a clean-energy choice for the ACT.”

Pictured left is Deputy Chief Executive of Neoen, Romain Desrousseaux.

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