Leading gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, today congratulated Toyota Australia on the unveiling of its new $7.4 million Hydrogen Centre at the Centre of Excellence in Altona and Victoria’s first hydrogen refuelling station, supported by ARENA.
The hydrogen refuelling station installed by BOC will dispense green hydrogen produced through electrolysis powered by on-site solar and battery storage. It is capable of filling a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in approximately 3 minutes and can also be used to dispense hydrogen to buses and forklifts.
John Evans, Managing Director, BOC South Pacific said the completion of the Toyota Hydrogen Centre was a significant milestone that would advance hydrogen mobility in Victoria and support Toyota’s ambition for zero emissions from its sites by 2050.
“BOC is proud to be sharing our global technical expertise and delivering world-leading hydrogen refuelling technologies that support Toyota Australia in demonstrating zero emissions hydrogen that will play an important role in decarbonising transport in Australia.
“Hydrogen mobility infrastructure is already well-established globally with Linde installing more than 180 hydrogen refuelling stations worldwide and over 1.5 million successful car refuellings.
“This hydrogen refuelling station will help build community confidence and understanding of this emerging fuel, with Toyota playing an important role in educating the public about how hydrogen can play a significant role in transport and the broader energy supply chain.
“BOC is committed to working with industry and government to build hydrogen mobility demand particularly in metropolitan locations, which will help stimulate more investment in hydrogen production and refuelling stations across Australia.”
Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor said the Toyota Hydrogen Centre was built to showcase the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology as part of its commitment to developing sustainable technologies for future mobility and energy needs.
"Globally, Toyota is committed to achieving zero CO2 emissions from its vehicles and plants under the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 and the commissioning of our hydrogen refuelling facility here today is an important step towards achieving that goal," Mr Callachor said.
"By demonstrating the viability of renewably-produced hydrogen as an automotive and energy fuel through this project, Toyota and its partners in government and business are pioneering a cleaner, more sustainable future that will encourage the further acceptance of this technology.” he said.
BOC and Toyota are both founding members of the Australian Hydrogen Council.