Hyzon Motors to deliver ultra-heavy-duty trucks to Queensland
Hyzon Motors, the U.S. based supplier of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell-powered commercial vehicles, is set to deliver five of its “ultra-heavy-duty” trucks to the Ark Energy Corporation, the Australian subsidiary of the world’s largest zinc, lead and silver producer.
Subject to execution of a definitive vehicle supply agreement, Hyzon expects to deliver five 154-ton hydrogen trucks to be used in road train configurations to Ark Energy and its sister company Townsville Logistics. The order is part of the efforts by parent company Korea Zinc to transform the Sun Metals zinc refinery into the first in the world to produce “green zinc.”
Sun Metals became the first major energy consumer in Australia to build a solar farm near its premises to help decarbonise its electricity supply and has since turned its focus on hydrogen to further reduce emissions. The five trucks are expected to reduce over 1,400 tons of CO2 emissions per year by replacing their diesel equivalents.
“When we scoured the world for fuel cell trucks, we found that Hyzon Motors was the only hydrogen mobility company that could manufacturer fuel cell stacks with sufficient power density to meet our requirements including the ultra-heavy payload and built to Australian Design Rules,” said Daniel Kim, CEO of Ark Energy.
“In addition, Hyzon Motors was the only OEM that was interested in supplying the Australian market in the next 18 months.”
The trucks are expected to be fueled by Ark Energy’s own hydrogen refuelling station, with hydrogen produced through a solar farm and electrolyser. By generating hydrogen from a renewable energy source, both companies aim to create a green solution for both supply and utilization, enabling the first refinery to produce green zinc.
“Through Ark Energy, Korea Zinc leads this notoriously hard-to-abate sector – demonstrating that decarbonisation can happen now,” said Craig Knight, CEO of Hyzon.
“This initial order and Ark Energy’s hydrogen hub lays the foundation for an emissions-free future.”
15 July 2021