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Coregas works to make low-carbon technology a reality

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Coregas' production facility at Port Kembla, New South Wales.

Coregas is an industrial, medical and specialty gas company that produces hydrogen at its production facility at Port Kembla.

Coregas is a founding member of Hydrogen Mobility Australia (HMA). HMA was established formally in February 2018 with three objectives:

  • Accelerate the commercialisation of new hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for transportation, export, storage and stationary applications in Australia;
  • Provide a forum for effective communication and collaboration of all stakeholders in the hydrogen and energy community; and
  • Progress Australia’s shift towards a future hydrogen society built upon clean and renewable energy technologies.

HMA is a collaboration between vehicle manufacturers (Toyota and Hyundai), energy companies (BP, Viva, Caltex, and Woodside), infrastructure providers (BOC and Coregas), research organisations (CSIRO) and governments with a mission to make this hydrogen vision a reality.

Hydrogen can be produced from water (electrolysis), biomass and fossil fuels (hydrocarbons or coal).

Hydrogen is consider as a low-carbon energy source – replacing, for example, gasoline as a transport fuel or natural gas as a heating fuel. Hydrogen is attractive because whether it is burned to produce heat or reacted with air in a fuel cell to produce electricity, the only by-product is water. Fuel Cell Electrical Vehicles (FCEV) are already available in different parts of the world and Toyota and Hyundai will have cars available in Australia in early 2019.