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Energys and Telstra deploy hydrogen back up power

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Energys and Telstra have officially commissioned five hydrogen-powered backup generators at critical regional mobile phone towers around Victoria.

The Victorian Minister for Energy & Resources Lily D’Ambrosio was on hand to inspect the final site, which came online at Neerim North in East Gippsland (pictured).

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators, manufactured by Energys at their Mulgrave facility, will provide long-duration zero-emissions power to critical mobile phone towers in case of natural disasters and other unplanned electricity grid outages.

Telstra selected the five sites, Neerim North, Chum Creek, Christmas Hills, Coldstream, and Kinglake, due to their vulnerability to electricity grid storm damage and their importance in supporting regional communities during extreme weather events.

Energys Managing Director Roger Knight said: “We’re thankful for Telstra’s trust in Energys to deliver critical backup power systems that will service these five sites during natural disasters and extended grid outages.

“It’s a huge endorsement of the reliability and readiness of our Hydrogen Generators.”

The Energys Hydrogen Generator range includes 12kW, 40kW, 125kW and 250kW systems which are drop-in zero emissions replacements for traditional diesel electric generators.

Energy Safe Victoria has signed off on Type B regulatory compliance for the five Telstra sites and the Energys Hydrogen Generator, operating at Toyota in Altona since 2019. Further systems in Queensland and Western Australia are also in advanced stages of regulatory approval.

The Victorian government provided a Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund grant of $1,115,185 to Telstra for the Telstra Renewable Hydrogen Generator Pilot at Mobile Sites project.
Further reading:
Energys Australia reveals hydrogen fuel cell gen-set

Picture: Energys/hydrogen Power Generator at Neerim North Telstra Tower

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