Hydrogen energyProject Renewable Hydrogen Production and Refuelling Project
This report shares lessons learnt from BOC’s Renewable Hydrogen Production and Refuelling project.
BOC produces hydrogen at its Altona facility in Melbourne, Victoria via steam methane reformation of natural gas. Since the closure of the BP refinery at Bulwer Island in Brisbane, Queensland, BOC has transported hydrogen from Altona to Bulwer Island in high pressure tube trailers to service its industrial gas customers. The transport of hydrogen from Victoria to Bulwer Island results in 90,000kg of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
As a leading provider of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure through its parent company, Linde, BOC saw an opportunity to demonstrate ultra-high pressure refuelling of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, using renewable hydrogen produced at Bulwer Island. This led to the project starting, with ARENA funding support, in May 2019.