Fortescue and ATCO Open the First Green Hydrogen Station
ATCO Australia and Fortescue have unveiled Western Australia's first green hydrogen refuelling station at ATCO's Clean Energy Innovation Hub in Perth.
The H2 Refueller uses green hydrogen made on-site at ATCO's Jandakot facility by electrolysis and using electricity from renewable sources. It will allow Fortescue, ATCO, and third parties such as the WA Police to support their fleets of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with the potential to refuel a Toyota Mirai with green hydrogen in less than five minutes and support up to 500 kilometres of emissions-free driving.
The station and Fortescue and ATCO's fleet of Toyota Mirai, which was officially opened by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Hydrogen Industry Alannah MacTiernan, will serve as a showcase for hydrogen mobility in the State, supporting the transition to the next generation of zero-emission transport.
Fortescue Executive Chairman, Dr Andrew Forrest AO, said, “Green hydrogen is a practical, implementable solution that we all need to help combat global warming, and our mission at Fortescue is to make this renewable alternative to fossil fuels available at a global scale and a competitive cost.
“This starts at home, right here in WA. Just as Fortescue is committed to stepping beyond fossil fuels to achieve real zero operational emissions by 2030, we are proud to support the decarbonisation of WA’s transport sector by providing the choice to fill tanks with a zero-emissions fuel source.
"We are very proud of this project, which is the embryonic start of a huge new industry around the world. While it may be a drop in the ocean, it is worth celebrating because this is the future of our state. We are grateful for the WA Government's support and delighted to partner with ATCO on this project, which is helping to establish WA's green economy and creating new jobs and opportunities for Western Australians."
"We are thrilled to see the Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) commissioned and ready to fuel the next generation of zero-emission transport on our roads," said Patrick Creaghan, Country Chair of ATCO Australia. "The milestone showcases a true testament to industry and government partnering to kickstart a hydrogen economy."
In 2020, the H2 Refueller was awarded A$1 million from the Western Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund.