Aussie-headed fuel cell vehicle company inks deal with zinc giant, laying ‘foundation for an emissions-free future’


While Hyzon is headquartered in the United States, its CEO and co-founder, Craig Knight, is Australian and has been paying attention to the oft-overlooked Australian market for fuel cell technology. In a statement, Hyzon said it will deliver five 154-tonne hydrogen trucks to Ark Energy, owned by global giant Korea Zinc, for use by sister company, Townsville Logistics. Hyzon claims to have the world’s first and the only ultra-heavy-duty hydrogen truck.

“When we scoured the world for fuel cell trucks, we found that Hyzon Motors was the only hydrogen mobility company that could manufacture fuel cells stacks with a sufficient power density to meet our requirements including the ultra-heavy payload and built to Australian Design Rules,” Ark Energy CEO, Daniel Kim, said in a statement. “In addition, Hyzon Motors was the only OEM [original equipment manufacturer] that was interested in supplying the Australian market in the next 18 months.”

Hyzon will provide hydrogen-fuelled vehicles to Australian customers as part of an MoU with Trojan Logistics.

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The trucks are expected to be fuelled by Ark Energy’s own hydrogen refilling station, with hydrogen produced through a solar farm and electrolyser. “By generating hydrogen from a renewable energy source, Hyzon and Ark Energy aim to create a green solution for both supply and utilisation, enabling the first refinery to produce green zinc,” the company’s statement read.

Korea Zinc’s Sun Metals refinery is currently Queensland’s second largest single-site energy consumer. In November of last year, it pledged to power its entire operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2040, with an interim target of 80% by 2030. 

“Through Ark Energy, Korea Zinc leads this notoriously hard-to-abate sector – demonstrating that decarbonisation can happen now,” Hyzon’s CEO, Craig Knight, said. “This initial order and Ark Energy’s hydrogen hub lays the foundation for an emissions-free future.”

The news comes just weeks after Hyzon signed its first memorandum of understanding for its 154-tonne hydrogen truck with a European customer, making giant Korea Zinc its second customer for the heavy-duty vehicles. “As the world’s first and the only ultra-heavy-duty hydrogen truck, the Hyzon 154-tonne class hydrogen truck is winning market momentum,” the company said.

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