Toyota and EODev sell first locally produced hydrogen fuel cell generator

Thiess has emerged as the pioneering purchaser of the locally manufactured GEH2® hydrogen fuel cell stationary power generator tailored for the Australian market.

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Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor (left) handing over the keys of the first EODev GEH2® generator assembled at Toyota’s Altona facility to Thiess Group Executive - Assets, Autonomy & Digital, Ramesh Liyanage. Image: Toyota Australia

Toyota Australia has announced that Thiess, a prominent player in the Australian mining services sector, is set to be the first customer to take delivery of its locally assembled EODev GEH2® hydrogen fuel cell stationary power generator.

Matthew Callachor, President and CEO of Toyota Australia announced this development during a ceremony commemorating the completion of the inaugural GEH2® generator assembled at the Altona facility in Victoria. The partnership between Toyota and Thiess is a long one, tracing back to the importation of the first LandCruisers into Australia in 1958.

"We’re pleased at the prospect of being the first customer to take the locally assembled hydrogen fuel cell generator unit and are excited to be partnering with Toyota once again, this time on cutting-edge technology that has the power to shape a more sustainable future for the world," said Ramesh Liyanage, Thiess Group Executive.

The 110kVA GEH2® power generator, has been crafted by EODev (Energy Observer Developments), a leading French company specialised in hydrogen solutions, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, since 2021. In October 2023, Toyota Australia announced it was partnering with EODev to assemble the generators at Altona and make them available through its local retail partner Blue Diamond Machinery (BDM).

"For Toyota, it’s part of our multi-pathway approach to decarbonisation by providing Australian customers with a range of technologies and mobility solutions, including power generation, that help reduce carbon emissions," Callachor said.

“We are firmly committed to growing, and investing in, the hydrogen economy here in Australia and I’m particularly pleased that Thiess is set to become our first customer for this innovative hydrogen fuel cell generator."

Toyota has invested $3.27 million in its Altona facility, prioritising local production, with the aim of assembling up to 100 GEH2® generators over the next three years. These generators are targeted primarily at sectors such as mining, construction, and events, with potential applications extending to emergency backup power systems for hospitals and commercial buildings.

To read more about the 110kVA GEH2® power generator, go to the EODev website here.

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