New Zealand gets first green hydrogen express refueller

Man in high-vis safety gear uses the hydrogen express refueller to fill brightly coloured hydrogen car, with hydrogen bus in background
Image: Coregas

New Zealand’s first green hydrogen fast refuelling station has been launched at Wiri in South Auckland.

Located on Coregas NZ’s Manukau site, the heavy vehicle hydrogen refuelling station which was officially launched on 22 April, is an integral piece of a growing nationwide network of supply locations being pioneered by Halcyon and other early adopters of hydrogen technology.

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Halcyon, a joint venture between Tūaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation, opened New Zealand’s first green hydrogen production facility at the Mōkai geothermal power plant northwest of Taupō in 2021.

The plant can produce 180 tonnes of green hydrogen per year using electricity generated by Tūaropaki Power Company which provides low-carbon credential traceability.

Since opening the green hydrogen plant, Tūaropaki Trust and Obayashi identified that hydrogen refuellers need to be located as close to main trucking routes as possible, hence the refueller’s location in Manukau.

Further to being the site location for the refueller, Coregas’ manufacturing and supply experience was critical to the project’s technical and compliance requirements and Coregas NZ drew on insight and experience from Australia’s recent launch of H2Station, Australia’s first hydrogen refuelling station for heavy vehicles, to meet Halcyon’s requirements.

“Taking charge of Halcyon’s express refueller enables us to provide our expertise in managing H2 distribution while supporting the transport evolution for New Zealand,” Coregas NZ general manager Peter Neate said.

“The transport and trucking sector in New Zealand remains a largely untapped opportunity for hydrogen-fuelled heavy vehicles, which deliver a lighter, longer-distance solution combined with fast refuelling and high payload capability.

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“Coregas NZ has invested heavily into hydrogen distribution and storage assets, as we believe it’s important to create a supply chain supported by infrastructure to make hydrogen an attractive proposition to the industry. We have supported this project with key technical knowledge and compliance experience to bring it to fruition.

“In addition, we have also invested in a Toyota Marai that we have named H2Motuka. This is the first step in Coregas NZ moving towards adopting green fuel options for its full fleet.”

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