Geelong will be the home of hydrogen next year

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Viva Energy says it is on track to deliver a hydrogen filling station next year to Corio.

It will be the first of many refueling stations to be built in Australia and should be capable of refueling multiple vehicles at once.

Viva Energy has placed orders for a 2.5 MW electrolyser needed for rapid refueling, and will be at least twice the size of any other hydrogen producing electrolyser in the country.

Additionally, Viva Energy is partnering with Air Liquide to provide a “quick fill” hydrogen refueling package designed to refuel at least 10 trucks or buses consecutively.

The equipment is capable of dispensing 300 kg of hydrogen in less than two hours and will generate over 1,000 kg of green hydrogen per day which will power at least 15 heavy vehicles.

Once installed and operational, it will be the first in a network of hydrogen fueling stations stretching from Geelong to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The process will produce hydrogen by separating the element from water particles, with oxygen as the only byproduct.

Viva Energy’s hydrogen mobility project was made possible by funding of $22.8 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $1 million from the Renewable Hydrogen Commercialization Pathways Fund of the Victorian government.

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