Hydrogen Fuels Australia Truganina HRS

May 17th, 2022

Hydrogen Fuels Australia Truganina HRS

The project proponent is developing integrated modular renewable energy, hydrogen fuel generation and refuelling facilities in Melbourne, Victoria, to support site micro-grid and mobility end-uses.

Main proponents:

Hydrogen Fuels Australia

Main end-use classification:

Hydrogen mobility, micro-grid applications

Status:

Under construction – operations start is anticipated in 2022

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Electrolyser capable of producing 40-90 kg of hydrogen per day

Location:

Victoria, Australia

Announced funding:

 

Project description

Hydrogen Fuels Australia is developing modular hydrogen production and refuelling facilities at a five hectare site in Truganina, near the Melbourne suburb of Laverton, in Victoria.  The modular nature of the overall energy system allows the installed equipment to be relocated to another site without leaving an environmental footprint at the location being exited.

The Truganina site is planned to host multiple commercial entities servicing the needs of the local community. The electricity (micro-grid) requirements of these entities would be met by an onsite solar energy array coupled with a hydrogen production and storage system. The site would also host a hydrogen refuelling station to allow for use of produced hydrogen in mobility purposes (e.g. buses). The site would be self-contained with sole reliance on the onsite integrated energy production/distribution system.

The project includes the following key items of equipment (much of which has been ordered):

  • Installation of a dedicated solar array (640kW) twin-axis solar array
  • Alkaline electrolyser (432kW) capable of producing 40-90 kilograms (kg) of hydrogen per day, depending on weather conditions
  • Hydrogen fuel cell (95kW)
  • 300kW/307kWh battery storage
  • Hydrogen storage tanks (300 kg capacity onsite, and 900 kg transported in)
  • Hydrogen compressor matched to electrolyser capacity
  • 100% renewable-powered hydrogen production facility

The project is expected to be operational in Q4 2022. Full Development Approval permits have been granted (with refuelling capacity of up to 6,500 kg per day). Initially, the hydrogen refuelling station would be able to fuel 2-3 vehicles per day.

In the longer run, the proponent indicates that the site can be upscaled to supply up to 6,500 kg of hydrogen, with capacity to fuel more than 100 vehicles per day. It is expected that the additional hydrogen supply would be transported into the site from other renewable energy generation sources.

Skai Energies is acting as procurement and construction coordinator for the project utilising the Nilsson Energy (Sweden) modular energy control system. Further information on the technologies employed can be found on the Hydrogen Fuels Australia website.

 

Updated: May 2022