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ITM Power forms H2OzBus Project

By Simon Warburton | 4 June 2020

ITM Power has formed the H2OzBus Project and signed a memorandum of understanding with partners for evaluation in Australia.

The consortium comprises Transit Systems, part of the SeaLink Travel Group, Ballard Power Systems, BOC Limited, Palisade Investment Partners and ITM Power. 

The partners have signed an MoU as a further step in evaluating and demonstrating the concept of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses for use in public bus transport in Australia.
 
Collaboration on the project will further investigate deploying an initial 100 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses in cities across Australia in Phase 1, with the intention to use this as a seed for more widespread roll-out.

Hydrogen  fuel cell electric buses for public transport has alignment to ARENA's (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) investment priorities in Accelerating Hydrogen and Decarbonising Industry.
 
The first phase of the project is concept development, which will focus on infrastructure requirements and detailed plans for use of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses on routes in up to ten central hub locations across Australia where interest and demand for fuel cell buses has already been identified.  

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"The establishment of the H2OzBus group demonstrates our commitment to innovation and showcases the network and capabilities of our globally recognised transport group," said SeaLink Travel Group CEO, Clint Feuerherdt.

"It seeks to provide a turn-key solution to generate a 'zero emission' outcome in public transport. We are proud to work alongside our government partners and agencies, as well as industry partners to ensure our solutions continue to set the benchmark for what is possible." 

For his part, ITM Power MD, Neil Thompson added: "H2OzBus is an exciting project which builds on the international partnerships that have been developed in recent years by ITM Power in the fuel cell electric bus markets across the UK and France.

"This project provides the first application in Australia of our new 2MW PEM module that has been developed as a result of the REFHYNE project in Germany with Shell and represents a significant scale-up from our sub-1MW foundation projects for Toyota Australia and BOC Australia."