Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) approves A$3 million in grant funding for Ark Energy’s SunHQ Hydrogen Hub

08 November 2021

Driving down emissions in heavy transport with renewable hydrogen

Ark Energy is proud to announce $3.02 million in grant funding from ARENA for Phase 1 of our SunHQ Hydrogen Hub. SunHQ is the first hydrogen project to be jointly supported ARENA and CEFC.

Heavy vehicles powered by renewable hydrogen will be used in a first-of-a-kind deployment based in Townsville, helping to reduce emissions in the transport and mining sectors.

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it has conditionally approved $3.02 million in funding to Ark Energy H2 Pty Ltd (Ark) to support the deployment of a 1 MW electrolyser with storage and refuelling infrastructure to fuel five new 140 tonne rated fuel cell electric trucks.

The project will be located at the Sun Metals zinc refinery in Townsville, which is owned by Ark’s sister company Sun Metals Corporation (SMC).

Ark and SMC are subsidiaries of Korea Zinc Company Limited (Korea Zinc), the largest zinc, lead and silver producer in the world. The Project is part of Korea Zinc’s long-term strategy to export renewable hydrogen to supply Korea Zinc’s global operations as well as other end users in Asia, however, the group’s priority is to build the domestic hydrogen economy of North Queensland first.

ARENA’s funds will be paid upon the commissioning of the refueling facility and delivery of the five trucks, which are expected to arrive in December 2022.

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