Victoria’s transport manufacturing industry could see a boost in innovation from hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll called it a “game changer”, when he helped unveil two hydrogen fuelled cars last week, the Hyundai Nexo and the Toyota Mirai.
The clean fuel cell technology in the two cars generates zero emissions, is fast to fill, and provides a long driving range. This offers opportunities in other transport sectors, such as buses and trucks.
Using hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity is a promising technology for electric vehicles. When hydrogen combines with oxygen in the fuel cell, the two gases combine to form water. This is the only residue, making the vehicle genuinely “emission free”.
The State Government has commissioned Infrastructure Victoria to provide advice on the infrastructure requirements to enable the latest in this technology. The government has also committed $1 million to help Moreland City Council implement a renewable hydrogen refuelling station. The long range plan is to transition local government vehicles to a zero emissions fleet.
Last month the government announced the world-first Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot Project, to produce liquefied hydrogen from Latrobe Valley brown coal. The fuel will then be transported to Japan for use in fuel cell electric vehicles and power generation.
The project will also create local jobs, easing the stress from last year's closure of the Hazelwood Power Station.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said, “Victoria is moving to a clean energy future – and hydrogen is an important part of this. Our New Energy Jobs Fund is investing in it and we will continue to support it.”