Toyota Australia have bought technology to produce hydrogen for use as road vehicle fuel from Sheffield clean energy company ITM Power.
The sale is the first of four into Australia, with details of the other three promised shortly.
Last last year ITM Power formed ITM Power Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary incorporated in Australia, and appointed Dr Neil Thompson as its MD.
The electrolyser will generate hydrogen on-site at Toyota’s facilities in Altona, Melbourne using renewable energy to split water. The hydrogen will be used for refuelling Toyota’s fuel cell electric vehicles. including the Toyota Mirai.
Dr Thompson said: “We are delighted to be working with Toyota in Australia and making our first sale in this exciting new territory. We look forward to working closely with Toyota Australia, a fellow member of Hydrogen Mobility Australia.”
ITM Power CEO Dr Graham Cooley said: “Australia is an important new market for ITM Power and we are working hard to build strong commercial relationships with our partners. I am delighted to be working closely with Toyota as it continues to explore and showcase opportunities for hydrogen in Australia including the Mirai FCEV. The valuable work of Hydrogen Mobility Australia and their members is also a key focus for our business development activities.”
Toyota Australia Manager of Advanced Planning, Matt MacLeod, said: “Toyota Australia sees great opportunities for hydrogen in Australia as a method to lower carbon emissions and support utilisation of renewable energy. ITM Power has demonstrated capability in this field in overseas markets and we look forward to continuing to support the growing interest in the hydrogen industry in Australia.”