Haskel’s Hydrogen Systems Group, an Ingersoll Rand company but based in Sunderland, UK, has announced a long-term agreement with Hiringa Refuelling NZ to supply hydrogen refuelling stations across New Zealand.
In conjunction with the supply agreement, Hiringa has issued orders for the first four high-capacity refuelling stations for its nationwide green hydrogen network, to be delivered and commissioned in 2022.
“New Zealand is starting to scale-up its hydrogen mobility infrastructure, and we are proud to be working with Hiringa in delivering this ambitious roadmap,” said Stephen Learney, Haskel’s Global Managing Director. “Working in partnership with Hiringa, we will utilise compression, storage and dispensing equipment specifically designed and optimised for the New Zealand network.”
“After a competitive selection process in 2019, we’ve been working with Haskel over the past two years to jointly develop a high-capacity, network focused design to meet the demands of the heavy transport industry in New Zealand,” revealed Dan Kahn, Hiringa’s Chief Technology Officer.
As the first company in New Zealand dedicated to the supply of green hydrogen, Hiringa has been developing a hydrogen production and refuelling network to support large-scale refuelling for heavy-duty vehicles with investor partners and funding support from the New Zealand government. Haskel’s hydrogen compression system provides high capacity fuelling for buses and trucks up to 350 bar working pressure.
Phase 1 of the development includes four refuelling stations, selected to provide coverage for the major heavy freight routes in the North Island. The network is planned to expand into the South Island through 2023, providing full coverage of all New Zealand’s heavy freight routes. As demand for zero-emission transport grows, over 24 Hiringa high-capacity refuelling stations are expected to come online across New Zealand in the next four to five years.