Australian first as hydrogen refueler opens at bp Lytton

Australia’s first hydrogen refueler at a retail fuel site has opened at Brisbane’s bp Lytton service station.

The pilot project, in partnership with BOC and with support from the Queensland Government and ARENA, will see consumers able to refill their hydrogen car in three to five minutes, provided they’ve signed up for access to hydrogen refuelling via their bp Plus card.

Frédéric Baudry, President of bp Australia and SVP Fuels and Low Carbon Solutions, Asia Pacific, said the refuelling station is part of bp’s global commitment to provide customers and partners with the energy and mobility they want, where they want it.

“By safely integrating a hydrogen refuelling station into our service station network, we’re showing that existing infrastructure can be used to facilitate hydrogen vehicles.

“Bp believes hydrogen will play a key role in reaching net zero – it’s complementary to electrification and pivotal in the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors like heavy transport.”

The Queensland Government’s fleet of hydrogen-powered Hyundai NEXOs were the first to use the new refueller, with Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, stating that the hydrogen industry is the next frontier in energy.

“The decarbonisation of transport is one of the clearest routes to take as we travel towards our 2050 net-zero emissions target, and here in Queensland the rubber is hitting the road.

“I could not be prouder that it’s Queenslanders driving the change in building the national East Coast Renewable Hydrogen Superhighway.”

Binod Patwari, Managing Director of BOC South Pacific, said the successful integration of a hydrogen refuelling station at an existing service station has delivered key learnings that will pave the way for more hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Australia’s service station network.

“Leveraging this existing infrastructure will be important to support the uptake of heavy transport, particularly on major freight routes across Australia.” 

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