Aurizon move ahead with hydrogen powered prime movers
Queensland state government funds hydrogen powered prime movers and a refuelling facility in state's north
Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Aurizon were a successful applicant through round two of the $35 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HIDF).
Aurizon has placed the decarbonisation of its supply chains at the centre of its target to reach net zero operational emissions by 2050. Aurizon has also commenced research & development for hydrogen and battery-powered trains with a number of industry parties and Australian universities.
“Hydrogen offers enormous opportunity in decarbonising Australia’s transport industry and continuing to improve the competitiveness of Australia’s export supply chains,” Aurizon’s Managing Director & CEO Andrew Harding said.
“This is especially true for bulk products underpinning the Australian economy including minerals, agricultural products and fertilisers, industrials and general freight.
“Renewable hydrogen is one of the emerging energy options that will assist industry to decarbonise operations throughout the supply chain while remaining cost competitive,” Mr Harding said.
“Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight company and renewable hydrogen will play an important role in enabling us to reach our target of net zero operational emissions by 2050."
“Queensland Government funding will assist us to look at replacing diesel-powered trucks with new technology hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy vehicles.”