Essential NZ transporter switching to hydrogen


H.W. Richardson (HWR), with 1,300 heavy vans New Zealand’s largest heavy transport firm, is decarbonizing its fleet by switching to hydrogen. To this finish, HWR is partnering with zero-emissions transitions firm Fabrum, and plans to have 10 hydrogen-diesel vans on the street by Q2 2023. 

Based in 2004 in New Zealand, Fabrum designs and develops mission-critical tech options for multinationals. Its cryocooler and liquefier methods are used to liquefy and recondense hydrogen and different gases, with functions starting from science over medication to power. A few of its tech is used on NASA’s Mars Lander. 

Finish-to-end answer

For HWR, Fabrum constructing an end-to-end scalable hydrogen refueling answer that features a inexperienced manufacturing system that permits for decentralized point-of-use refueling, and hydrogen storage expertise. The purpose: fleet-ready entry to hydrogen. 

“Over the previous yr, we’ve seen a surge in demand for our hydrogen options, pushed by rising decarbonization and power safety challenges,” says Dr Ojas Mahapatra, CEO of Fabrum. “As one among New Zealand’s largest corporations, HWR can motion massive change that gives a decarbonization blueprint for heavy transport.”

Fabrum’s AFCryocooler splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. The 1.1-Megawatt system it’s constructing for HWR can produce 450 kg of hydrogen per day. 

Twin-fuel expertise

Since late 2021, which means previous to its settlement with Fabrum, HWR has been trialing dual-fuel vans (pictured). Twin-fuel expertise permits the substitute of as much as 40% of the diesel with hydrogen, leading to a 40% discount of emissions, with out lack of effectivity. 

The twin-fuel answer permits a transition to low-carbon emissions for heavy vans in a means that’s each commercially viable and progressively sustainable. 

“As HWR rolls out dual-fuel tech and its hydrogen refuelling community throughout New Zealand, Fabrum’s capacity to scale means this different gasoline supply shall be an answer for the complete heavy transport trade,” says Anthony Jones, CEO of HWR. 

New potentialities

HWR additionally owns Allied Petroleum, a community of round 110 gasoline stops throughout the nation. “We are able to use that community to distribute hydrogen in its place gasoline not only for our personal fleet, however for the heavy transport trade as a complete”, Mr Jones goes on.  

“To go away the world a greater place, we should look to liquid hydrogen. Our hydrogen gasoline manufacturing expertise opens new potentialities for sustainable long-distance transport, even on water and within the air, and for power self-sufficiency,” concludes Christopher Boyle, Managing Director and co-founder of Fabrum.

Picture: HWR


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