The hydrogen generated at this facility will then be sued to broaden the Australian capabilities in the mobility market with the partners aiming to supply the hydrogen for an initial fleet of 15 powered heavy vehicles.

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To generate the hydrogen, the project will incorporate a 2MW electrolyser and convert the recycled water into renewable hydrogen.

In order to support the project, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided $22.8m in funding whilst the Victorian Government has also supplied $1m.

Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Water at the Victorian Government, said, “Through our Water for Victoria policy, the state government is encouraging better use of alternative water resources like recycled water to reduce the impact on our rivers and environment.

“The use of recycled water for the production of renewable hydrogen in the project is an important step in Barwon Water’s aims for the productive reuse of 100% of the recycled water produced at its water reclamation plants.

“It puts more of the recycled water from the Northern Water Plant to productive reuse and demonstrates the use of recycled water for hydrogen production.”

Jo Plummer, Chair of Barwon Water, said, “As well as by producing and buying renewable electricity, Barwon Water is decarbonising its fleet of maintenance and service vehicles.

“Barwon Water will receive ARENA funding via the Project to deploy a hydrogen-powered prime mover that will be used for the collection of organic waste for recycling at its water reclamation plants.

“This project demonstrates the benefits of strategic partnerships, and we are thrilled to help deliver Geelong’s first ever New Energies Service Station and take an important step in finding more ways to productively reuse our recycled water and green our maintenance vehicle fleet as part of our Strategy 2030 aims to be net-zero emissions by 2030.”

Making hydrogen happen

This March, H2 View will explore A Climate for Action and Investment in Europe in an immersive virtual event that features some of the leading stakeholders and influencers in hydrogen, including a Women in Green Hydrogen panel.

Confirmed speakers include the Hydrogen Europe, Clean Hydrogen Partnership, FiveT Hydrogen, Airbus, Nel, BMW, Michelin and more.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your ticket for €79, click here.