BOC and BP to upgrade truckstop with hydrogen refuelling capability

The project will showcase a world class end-to-end green hydrogen production, storage, supply and refuelling solution

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Leading gas and engineering company BOC and bp Australia have announced a new agreement to build a hydrogen refuelling station at the bp truckstop in Lytton, Queensland.

With support from the Queensland Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), BOC will supply and install the state-of-the-art Linde hydrogen refuelling station at the bp Truckstop in Lytton. It will dispense green hydrogen produced by a 220 kW electrolyser powered by solar energy generated at BOC's Bulwer Island production site.

The Queensland Government’s current fleet of five hydrogen-powered Hyundai NEXOs will be the first to use the new refueller to be opened later in the year, with a view to becoming open to the public after safety checks and trials.

“BOC is committed to supporting the development of hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel and decarbonising the transport sector in Australia," said John Evans, Managing Director of BOC South Pacific.

“Working closely with our partner bp we will demonstrate how state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling stations can be safely integrated into the existing service station network, paving the way for more infrastructure to facilitate hydrogen trucks and buses."

Frédéric Baudry, president, bp Australia and SVP fuels & low carbon solutions, Asia Pacific, said: "bp is proud to be partnering with BOC and the Queensland Government in the development of Australia’s first green hydrogen refueller on an existing service station.

The hydrogen refuelling station will have capacity to refill a hydrogen car in 3-5 minutes and will in future be made available to drivers with a bp plus card who register with bp for access to the supply of hydrogen.

Linde has installed over 200 hydrogen refuelling stations globally and successfully completed the hydrogen refuelling of over 1.5 million cars, buses and forklifts.

ARENA CEO, Darren Miller, Chief Executive Officer said BOC’s project would help to encourage other companies to enter the hydrogen market.

“BOC’s project is a great example of how current industrial gas equipment and infrastructure can be used to take advantage of the growing hydrogen market. Producing hydrogen on site will reduce shipping costs, while being able to help grow the local Brisbane fuel cell vehicle market and also meet demand for local industry.”

Read more about how ARENA is supporting hydrogen products in Australia, go here.

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