New Zealand Hydrogen Refuelling Network (FID Achieved)

November 18th, 2021

New Zealand Hydrogen Refuelling Network

The project proponents are pursuing construction of a hydrogen production and refuelling network across New Zealand targeting the heavy vehicles market, with operations possible in 2022.

Main proponents:

Hiringa Energy, TR Group

Main end-use classification:

Hydrogen mobility

Status:

Under construction – Phase 1 stations are planned to be operational in the latter part of 2022

Estimated cost:

NZ$50 million investment in the network design, establishment and the first four Phase 1 refuelling stations (including detailed engineering and compliance work completed to date)

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Eight megawatts of production across four Phase 1 sites is estimated to produce around 1,400 tonnes of hydrogen per annum. Stations have been designed for high capacity refuelling, with each station having the ability to dispense 3 tonnes per day of hydrogen

Location:

North and South Islands, New Zealand

Announced funding:

Hiringa Energy NZ$16 million loan facility – New Zealand Government COVID Response and Recovery Fund

TR Group NZ$4 million grant – New Zealand Government COVID Response and Recovery Fund

TR Group NZ$2 million grant – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) New Zealand

Project description

Hiringa Energy, in combination with its project partners, is constructing a hydrogen production and refuelling network across New Zealand targeting the heavy vehicles market.

The project would be implemented in phases:​

  • Phase 1: Following a positive financial investment decision, four refuelling stations across the North island are anticipated to be operating in the latter part of 2022
  • Phase 2: A further 20 stations would be rolled out across both the North and South islands by 2026
  • Phase 3: 100 stations potentially installed throughout New Zealand by 2030.

​Sites in Tauranga, Hamilton, Auckland and Palmerston North are included as part of the initial phase of operations. The initial network locations provide coverage for the major heavy freight routes in the North Island. The facilities will be co-located with existing truck refuelling sites owned and operated by Waitomo Group.

The initial four stations have been designed to be able to fill more than 280 trucks and buses per day.

​Initial locations have been prioritised to provide:

  • Aggregation of suitable fleets in industrial complexes, commercial & logistics hubs
  • Ability to service ports and airports

​The network includes:

  • Distributed production at each station
  • Delivery of hydrogen from centralised generation

Hydrogen supply for the stations will come from onsite electrolysers (of 1-4 megawatt scale) and also delivered via tube trailers, depending on location, economics & demand. Hydrogen from the Kapuni Renewable Hydrogen Project (a joint venture between Hiringa Energy and Ballance Agri-Nutrients) will also supply the network once online in 2023.

Heavy vehicle leasing and rental company, TR Group, has ordered an initial cohort of 20 heavy hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) trucks from Hyzon Motors for delivery in 2022.

The 600 Horsepower, 58 tonne GCM tractor units will be fully powered by renewables-based hydrogen.  The 20 HFC trucks will contribute to emissions savings of approximately 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum and will be made available to customers by way of a Fully Maintained Operating Lease (FMOL) including fuel.

The first units are anticipated to arrive in New Zealand in the third quarter of 2022 for performance testing with the balance arriving towards the end of the year.

Hiringa Energy and TR Group are receiving significant support from the New Zealand Government for Phase 1 of the project, for a total of NZ$22 million, as well as from domestic and international investors.

 

Updated: November 2021