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Australia’s first heavy vehicles powered by hydrogen

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Australia will see the first hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles on the road in nine months. Coregas will purchase two hydrogen trucks and build a refueling station in Port Kembla NSW. This project is supported by NSW Government after the announcement of $740 million funding boost to build the foundation for new net-zero industries and transit heavy emitting industries. Higher energy density makes hydrogen more preferable for transferring large loads and long distance compared to electric vehicles. This means we will see hydrogen trucks, regional buses and trains carrying the heavy lifting to decarbonise freight sector. https://www.drive.com.au/news/trucks-likely-to-lead-the-way-with-hydrogen-power-124557 
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John Poljak @ 2021.03.22 4:36 PM
Is this hydrogen made from green sources or natural gas?  

Lynn Wood @ 2021.03.22 4:36 PM

Interesting question John. Our IdeaSpies Energy Editor told be today that hydrogen as an energy source currently costs 5 times natural gas though that cost is expected to decrease.

Our Climate Editor is hosting an online conversation for us tomorrow (Tuesday 23 March) at 10am. You and Tom are welcome to join it 

https://events.humanitix.com/ideaspies-conversation-series-climate



John Poljak @ 2021.03.22 4:36 PM

Thanks Lynn, hydrogen manufactured from natural gas (without ccs) has the same emissions as diesel so would defeat the purpose of decarbonisation. As the article didn't trumpet it's green credentials, I was curious about the source.

The bigger challenge is that it takes 50 kWh of green electricity to produce 1kg of hydrogen and has poor round-trip efficiency compared to batteries. So assuming solar/wind get cheaper and it becomes more competitive against fossil fuels, it will struggle against batteries and most probably be pushed to niche applications.  

I'm busy tomorrow! Would have liked to join, will it be recorded?


Lynn Wood @ 2021.03.23 4:36 PM
Yes John, the Climate Conversation today was recorded. We'll include you on the list to receive it. 


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