Having inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (Jan 11), the duo said they want to develop operational and commercial hydrogen bus models across the entire supply chain.

For this, hydrogen production, storage and refuelling will be in focus, as well as various leasing arrangements and maintenance which may be required by customers.

It is hoped the move will both develop scalable and affordable bus models and develop pathways for scaling up hydrogen bus networks, as bus operators try to cut emissions for a greener future.

Vesna Olles, Director Strategy and Clean Energy at BOC South Pacific, said, “BOC is delighted to be working with Foton Mobility to explore a variety of leasing arrangements for hydrogen buses and hydrogen refuelling stations, and demonstrating a strong business case to government and private operators interested in decarbonising their bus fleets.

“Transport accounts for almost one fifth of Australia’s total carbon emissions, which needs to be reduced significantly to meet net zero targets. Hydrogen buses are already widely used around the world, with proven technology and infrastructure making it a viable option for the future.”

Neil Wang, CEO of Foton Mobility, added, “From developing infrastructure, hydrogen supply and vehicle deployment, we will be able to confidently supply low emission solutions to Australia’s transport sector.”

Australia unveils hydrogen technology cluster network to accelerate development and commercialisation

Australia will establish a hydrogen technology cluster in every state and territory as the country takes steps to unlock its potential and create a globally competitive hydrogen industry.

A network of 13 regional clusters has been unveiled today (1st Feb) by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) as part of a drive to establish a nationwide hydrogen cluster. NERA said the national cluster, which would operate as a virtual network, will establish a global identity and a recognised brand for Australian hydrogen technology and expertise.

It will also aid the development of the hydrogen supply chain, reduce overlaps and identify gaps in the development, deployment, and commercialisation of new hydrogen focused technologies.

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