Swinburne University of Technology Victorian Hydrogen Hub – CSIRO Hydrogen Refuelling Station

March 12th, 2022

Swinburne University of Technology Victorian Hydrogen Hub – CSIRO Hydrogen Refuelling Station

As part of its partnership under the VH2 initiative, CSIRO is installing a hydrogen refuelling station at its Clayton campus in Melbourne: the refuelling station is a key milestone in the development of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission.

Main proponents:

Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Swinburne University of Technology

Main end-use classification:

Hydrogen mobility

 

Status:

Under construction

 

Estimated cost:

AUD$2.3 million – refueller component

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Approximately 20 kilograms (kg) per day potential capacity

Location:

Victoria, Australia

Announced funding:

AUD$1 million – under the AUD$10 million Swinburne University of Technology Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) initiative.

AUD$1.3 million – CSIRO

Project description:

The VH2 is a funding initiative of the Victorian Government designed to bring together researchers and industry to test, trial and demonstrate new and emerging hydrogen technologies.

As part of this initiative, CSIRO is to receive AUD$1 million as a co-investment in the development of a refuelling station to fuel and test hydrogen vehicles. The refuelling station is to be located at CSIRO’s Clayton campus in Melbourne, Victoria. The refuelling station is a key milestone in the development of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission.

Installation of the hydrogen refuelling system will take place alongside an integrated hydrogen production and storage demonstration facility.

It is intended that the facility will leverage the expertise and infrastructure from CSIRO’s existing Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems, also located at the Clayton site.

In August 2021, Melbourne-based ENGV Pty Ltd announced it had been awarded the tender to supply a hydrogen refuelling station, in collaboration with its US-based technology partners PDC Machines and IVYS Energy Solutions. While construction-related activities are underway in the US, COVID-19 related supply chain issues have extended the construction period.

Hydrogen production capacity is planned at approximately 20 kg per day. The refuelling station is anticipated to be operational in the second half of 2022.

Power for the electrolysers and facilities would be sourced from renewable energy via a power purchase agreement supplemented by onsite solar generation which was deployed across the CSIRO Clayton site in 2020.

The refuelling station will include a CSIRO fleet trial of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with the potential for further collaborative trials with additional project partners.

In May 2021, it was announced that CSIRO had entered into a lease arrangement with Toyota to lease the Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle, which will be used for testing at CSIRO’s Clayton campus hydrogen refuelling facility.

 

Updated: March 2022