Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) is investing $1.7 million to upgrade its hydrogen refuelling station at its headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney.
The upgrade is part of a broader vision by HMCA to help establish a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for passenger and commercial vehicles – of which the company is a key manufacturer.
In a statement, the company said its state-of-the-art facility – expected to be operational by late 2022 – will produce green hydrogen via an integrated electrolyser at the rate of up to 20kg per day.
It will replace HMCA’s existing hydrogen refuelling station which has been operational since 2014 and has conducted fills of both Hyundai and competitor Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen forklifts.
HMCA will work with Australian gas technology company ENGV in the construction of the new refueller that’s said to provide 700bar refuelling capability. This will reportedly enable refuelling of the Hyundai NEXO FCEV in less than five minutes, with a claimed range of up to 666km on a single tank.
HMCA Chief Executive Officer, Ted Lee, said Hyundai is proud to be investing in the Australian hydrogen economy as part of a move towards a clean motoring future.
“This investment forms part of Hyundai’s long-term commitment to a zero-emission future for Australia. Hydrogen fuel cell mobility is anticipated to play an integral role in the country’s transition to cleaner drivetrains and we intend to help lay the stepping–stones toward making this vision a reality,” said Lee.
Hyundai has selected US-based PDC Machines and IVYS Energy Solutions to supply the hydrogen refuelling station, known as the SimpleFuelFast, with ENGV responsible for local integration, installation and ongoing operational services.
This engagement follows CSIRO’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub announcement in mid-2021 which will see ENGV, PDC Machines and IVYS Energy Solutions working together to construct a hydrogen refuelling system at the national science agency’s Melbourne facility.
According to ENGV CEO, Sean Blythe, Hyundai’s project will leverage the experience gained through the CSIRO project as well as the company’s delivery of the first public hydrogen refuelling station, commissioned by the ACT Government in Canberra.
“We are excited to bring our hands-on experience developing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Australia to the HMCA project, said Blythe.
Together with Hyundai, we are committed to growing the country’s hydrogen sector in a safe and sustainable way.”