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Big bucks on H2 trucks, refuelling network

Big bucks on H2 trucks, refuelling network

NZ Truck & Driver News

 December 2021   

A MULTI-COMPANY $50million investment will establish an initial North Island network of hydrogen refuelling stations to support zero emissions fuel cell electric trucks within the next 12 months. 

And truck and trailer lease and rental giant TR Group confirms that it has ordered 20 Hyzon hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty tractor units – scheduled for delivery in New Zealand in the same timeframe.

The Hyzon FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) are based on a NZ-spec DAF CF 6x4 chassis – with 600 horsepower and a 58-tonne gross combination rating.

They will be capable of a 600-kilometre range between refuelling stops. The trucks will store hydrogen in multiple tanks, at 350-bar pressure.

TR Group says the first units will arrive here in mid-2022 for performance testing, with the balance arriving towards the end of the year. 

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A MULTI-COMPANY $50million investment will establish an initial North Island network of hydrogen refuelling stations to support zero emissions fuel cell electric trucks within the next 12 months. 

And truck and trailer lease and rental giant TR Group confirms that it has ordered 20 Hyzon hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty tractor units – scheduled for delivery in New Zealand in the same timeframe.

The Hyzon FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) are based on a NZ-spec DAF CF 6x4 chassis – with 600 horsepower and a 58-tonne gross combination rating.

They will be capable of a 600-kilometre range between refuelling stops. The trucks will store hydrogen in multiple tanks, at 350-bar pressure.

TR Group says the first units will arrive here in mid-2022 for performance testing, with the balance arriving towards the end of the year. 

It says that MOVe Logistics, Reliance Transport, Fulton Hogan, Centre Port, Strait NZ, Peter Baker Transport and Hancock Forestry Management have signed up for the first trucks...

Which TR Group will own and lease to customers by way of a fully maintained operating lease (FMOL) – with fuel included.

TR Group general manager Brendan King says: “We have had great uptake from customers for these vehicles, who share similar values to ourselves when it comes to decarbonising the transport network and making the world a greener place.

“If we are serious about reducing our impact on the environment, it is important that we embrace and seek to understand this technology and help develop it for NZ conditions, as well as helping to develop the support networks for it – such as service and repair expertise and the vital refuelling infrastructure. 

“This can only be done with real world use of this technology.”

A $6milion contribution towards the cost of the TR Group’s hydrogen-powered fleet is being made by the NZ Government – via grants from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRFF) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

King acknowledges that “we couldn’t have done this” without their support – and that of Hiringa Refuelling and Hyzon.

“We’re hugely excited about the learnings ahead and we look forward to playing our part in NZ’s journey towards a zero-emission transport future. There’s a long way to go but this is a really positive first step.”

Hyzon Motors CEO Craig Knight says the company is “proud to participate in this exceptional partnership with TR Group and Hiringa to decarbonise NZ’s heavy transport sector.”

Hiringa Refuelling NZ says it has completed engineering and compliance work for its first four high-capacity green hydrogen refuelling stations to support zero-emissions FCEV trucks and buses – and is now entering the construction phase.

The first stations – which it expects to commission during 2022 – will be at Waitomo Group sites in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Palmerston North. Further sites are planned in 2023.

Hiringa Energy CEO Andrew Clennett says: “We are delighted to reach this crucial milestone in the rollout of Hiringa Refuelling NZ’s hydrogen refuelling network.

“This achievement is the result of collaborating with our key partner companies and working closely with central and regional government.”

The construction phase is in part being enabled through a $16m investment from the government, as part of the CRRF. Other key investors include Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 fund and international investors from Asia and North America.

Clennett says that these investments build on Hiringa Energy’s strategic alliance agreement with Mitsui (Asia Pacific), and a memorandum of co-operation on hydrogen between Japan and NZ.

“The NZ Government’s support in the early decarbonisation of heavy road transport has played a vital role in providing many logistics operators and their customers with the confidence to invest in and support zero-emissions FCEVs.

“Knowing that affordable, accessible and reliable sources of green hydrogen will be readily available is critical to creating a viable platform for Kiwi companies to innovate and create new low-emission business opportunities.”

“We have strategically selected the initial network locations to provide coverage for the major heavy freight routes in the North Island.

“The facilities will be co-located with well-placed truck refuelling sites owned and operated by Waitomo Group. This is an excellent example of aligned companies leaning in and partnering to enable change.”

Hiringa plans network expansion into the South Island during 2023 and Clennett says that, as demand grows, over 24 Hiringa high-capacity refuelling stations are planned across NZ in the next four to five years.

The hydrogen will be produced onsite at each of the first four stations through electrolysis, using electrolysers supplied by US specialists Plug Power.

Water is split into hydrogen and oxygen using an electrolyser and green electricity. Eventually, this production will also be supplemented by delivered hydrogen from other sites.

The Waitomo Group stations will use technology from Haskel’s Hydrogen Systems Group, a part of Ingersoll Rand. The UK-based company has a longterm agreement to supply the hydrogen refuelling stations.

Haskel’s global managing director Stephen Learney says: “NZ is starting to scale up its hydrogen mobility infrastructure, and we are proud to be working with Hiringa in delivering this ambitious roadmap.

“Working in partnership with Hiringa, we will utilise compression, storage and dispensing equipment specifically designed and optimised for the NZ network.” 

Haskel’s hydrogen compression system provides high-capacity fuelling for buses and trucks up to 350-bar working pressure.

The company produces high-pressure liquid and gas transfer and compression technology solutions for critical applications in hydrogen mobility, aerospace, defence, energy and other industries.  


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