Australian initiative to build hydrogen infrastructure


The Fortescue Metals Group and ATCO Australia signed an agreement to explore the potential of fuel cell vehicle filling infrastructure in Western Australia. They will build and operate a hydrogen station in the Perth area, fueling a showcase fleet of Toyota Mirai.

The exact location of the combined hydrogen production and refilling facility will be at ATCO’s existing facility in Jandakot in the Perth metropolitan area. Further, the project is designed with the possibility of broader deployment across the state. At the facility, Fortescue, ATCO and approved third parties will be able to refill hydrogen vehicles, including the previously mentioned fleet of Toyota Mirai vehicles provided by Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. The project is intended to serve as a “showcase for hydrogen mobility in Western Australia”.

Fortesque CEO Elizabeth Gaines notes the importance of cooperation in the development and deployment of a hydrogen refilling infrastructure: “Identifying and establishing partnerships is critical to unlocking the future potential of hydrogen and we look forward to working with ATCO to capitalise on the economic opportunities associated with hydrogen and support the development of a competitive hydrogen industry.”

While no mention was given of the runtime or budget of the project, this is also likely tied to the fact that the companies have applied for the State Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund. They are awaiting a response, which will probably decide essential factors on the project.


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