Image

Heavy transport fleet de-carbonising with hydrogen

30 July 2022

A new partnership is helping one of New Zealand’s largest heavy transport fleets decarbonise with hydrogen technology. New Zealand transport company H.W. Richardson (HWR) is partnering with Christchurch-based zero emissions technology firm Fabrum on the initiative.

Fabrum is developing and deploying an end-to-end scalable hydrogen refuelling solution for HWR to enable fleet-ready access to hydrogen. It will help HWR’s plans to have ten dual-fuel hydrogen diesel trucks on the road by the second quarter of 2023.

Fabrum is developing the first green hydrogen production system for HWR for its Southland site using a 1.1-megawatt membrane-free electrolyser combined with its cryogenic technologies in a containerised system for decentralised point-of-use refuelling. The system can produce 450kg of hydrogen per day from water.

The technology, which enables gas separation and liquefaction, combined with patented technology from UK company Clean Power Hydrogen (CPH2) – splits water into pure hydrogen and medical grade oxygen. Fabrum will also supply hydrogen storage technology that integrates with compression and dispensing technology to enable an end-to-end solution of production through to dispensing of hydrogen gas.

HWR has been trialling dual-fuel hydrogen technology for its truck fleets since late 2021, enabling a low-carbon transition. Dual-fuel technology diesel engines can replace up to 40% of the diesel with hydrogen – resulting in a 40% reduction in emissions without power loss.

HWR chief executive Anthony Jones says Fabrum is a key part of the project “as their world-leading solutions enable hydrogen production capability on-site and on-demand. As HWR rolls out dual-fuel technology and its hydrogen refuelling network across New Zealand, Fabrum’s ability to scale to grow with us means this alternative fuel source will be a solution for the entire heavy transport industry,” Jones says.

HWR, which owns the Allied Petroleum network of around 110 fuel stops across New Zealand from Stewart Island to Karikari Peninsula, has options to buy further electrolyser and hydrogen storage systems from Fabrum for new and existing refuelling sites.

“We can use our fuel network to distribute hydrogen as an alternative fuel not just for our fleet, but to help the heavy transport industry as a whole by removing barriers to accessing ready hydrogen fuel,” Jones adds.

Fabrum chief executive Ojas Mahapatra says the team is excited to be working with HWR on a zero-emission transport future with green hydrogen technologies. “As one of New Zealand’s largest companies, HWR can action big change that impacts its emissions and provides a sustainability and decarbonisation blueprint for heavy transport.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a surge in demand for our hydrogen solutions, driven by increasing decarbonisation and energy security challenges,” Mahapatra says.

Photo: HWR chief executive Anthony Jones

Source: transporttalk

Read More
Image

4,600 kilometres for SCA’s electric log truck

SCA’s electric log truck continues to transport wood between Gimonäs timber terminal and Obbola paper mill, has now been in operation for over 1.5 years, covering over 4,600 km; SCA testing truck for log transport directly from forest. SCA’s electric ...
Read more
Image

Toroawhi initiative comes to an end

The Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) is announcing today that our Toroawhi / Worker Champion initiative is coming to an end. The Toroawhi initiative started in February 2020 as a pilot sponsored by WorkSafe. But the funding and initiative will ...
Read more
Image

New tool to manage forestry slash

Better management of forest felling waste has gained new impetus in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake, with the sector firmly in the spotlight for the impact such waste has had on communities, ecosystems, and farmland downstream from harvest areas. Rotorua-based forest management ...
Read more
Image

February NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 February has kicked off with a hiss and a roar with log exporters pulling out the pencil sharpeners and publishing prices in the mid to high $130’s for A grade (except for Bluff and Lyttleton where you ...
Read more
Image

First unmanned forestry machine tested

A study published in the Journal of Field Robotics assessed the world’s first unmanned machine designed for autonomous forestry operations. Investigators demonstrated that using computer vision, autonomous navigation, and manipulator control algorithms, their newly developed machine can safely, accurately, and ...
Read more
Image

New CEO for Forest Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) has announced the appointment of Rowan Struthers as its new CEO. An experienced professional who has worked across the forestry sector in various roles including senior leadership and forest management, Rowan will take over ...
Read more