Queensland Hydrogen Super Highway
The decarbonisation of transport is one of the clearest routes Queensland can take as we travel towards our 2050 net-zero emissions target.
Hydrogen can play a critical role in enabling the decarbonisation of Queensland’s freight and heavy vehicles network, offering benefits in terms of range, large payloads, and fast refuelling times.
That is why the Queensland Government is driving expansion of hydrogen in the transport sector with the establishment of a Queensland Hydrogen Super highway along the state’s heavy haulage transport routes.
An initial six sites are proposed or in development, with more to come.
- Brisbane (BOC) – The Brisbane Renewable Hydrogen Production and Refuelling Project will supply renewable hydrogen to BOC’s existing customer base in Queensland as well as supplying a hydrogen refuelling station.
- Townsville – Phase 1 of Ark Energy’s hydrogen hub, SunHQ, will produce green hydrogen, supplying a fleet of five 140 tonne-rated hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Ark Energy also plans to supply green hydrogen to third-party customers including short haul fleets. SunHQ has received a $5 million grant from the Queensland Government’s Hydrogen Industry Development Fund.
- Kogan Creek – CS Energy is planning to construct a renewables-based demonstration hydrogen production facility located at the Kogan Creek power station in Queensland’s Western Downs region. The demonstration plant includes the co-location of a solar farm, battery, hydrogen electrolyser and a hydrogen fuel cell next to the Kogan Creek power station. Refuelling facilities will be located at Chinchilla and Charlton. The Queensland Government has invested $28.9 million in this project from the $2 billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.
- Emerald – Emerald Coaches is planning a long-term conversion of its full fleet of over 120 vehicles from diesel fuel usage to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, with the first vehicles planned to be introduced in 2022. The project involves full conversion of its vehicle fleet by 2040, associated hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure.
- Gladstone - Sealink Marine and Tourism will design, construct and use a passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The vessel will operate as a shuttle between Gladstone and LNG facilities on Curtis Island. The Queensland Government is contributing $5 million to the project through its $35 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund.
For more information, view the interactive Queensland green hydrogen super highway map (PDF, 150.74 KB). Click on the icons to learn more about the hygrogen super highway.
East Coast Renewable Hydrogen Refuelling Network
In March 2022, the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian state governments announced a tri-state collaboration on the renewable hydrogen refuelling network for heavy transport and logistics along Australia’s eastern seaboard.
The governments have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for the refuelling corridors of the nation’s most critical roads and highways, starting with the Hume Highway, the Pacific Highway and the Newell Highway.
The agreement will be key to reducing emissions in transport and logistics, one of the country’s most important sectors of the economy.
Making renewable hydrogen available offers enormous potential for transport sector innovation in Queensland. Providing a reliable source of renewable hydrogen will give industry certainty that hydrogen is a viable alternative to diesel. The development of refuelling stations will also support transport companies in transitioning to hydrogen vehicles.
For more information, view the East coast renewable hydrogen refuelling network map (PDF, 194.21 KB).
- Last updated:
- 3 June 2022