Canberra Hydrogen Refuelling Facility (Renamed Project)

April 4th, 2024

Canberra Hydrogen Refuelling Facility

The hydrogen refuelling station dispenses renewable hydrogen, supporting the ACT Government in its use of 20 light passenger fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in its fleet, as well as several private FCEVs.

Main proponents:

Pacific Energy

Main end-use classification:

Hydrogen mobility


Operating – March 2021

Estimated cost:

Approximately AUD$3 million – Project (hydrogen equipment)

Other involvement:

ACT Government, Hyundai, Neoen, sgfleet, ActewAGL (original owner/operator)

Production details:

Initially producing 21 kilograms (kg) hydrogen per day


Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia

Announced funding:


Project description

(This project was previously titled ‘ActewAGL Hydrogen Refuelling Station’)

This hydrogen mobility project includes the construction and operation of refuelling infrastructure, the production of renewable hydrogen, and the integration of 20 light passenger FCEVs into the ACT Government fleet.

The refuelling station was officially launched in March 2021. ActewAGL was the original owner and operator of the refuelling station, which is located in Fyshwick. In April 2024, Pacific Energy announced the acquisition of the Canberra Hydrogen Refuelling Facility from ActewAGL.

Hyundai is providing and servicing the 20 NEXOS, SUV FCEVs under a leasing arrangement with the ACT Government.

The HRS uses renewable electricity sourced from the grid to produce hydrogen onsite with an electrolyser. The project has been certified as 100% renewable under the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.

The electrolyser is a Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser (0.075 MW size) and can produce around 21 kg of hydrogen per day. The produced hydrogen is compressed and stored in three tanks (all held at different pressures) which together can hold 44 kg of hydrogen (and from which the hydrogen is drawn during fuelling).

Limited additional access to the refuelling station is available for privately-owned FCEVs by arrangement with ActewAGL, with several private customers welcomed.

Consideration will also be given to installing solar panels at the station to provide a direct source of renewable energy.

This project will allow Canberra-based industry and researchers to gain valuable firsthand knowledge of hydrogen refuelling operating models, transport supply chains, and consumer refuelling patterns.


Updated: April 2024