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Energys Australia reveals hydrogen fuel cell gen-set

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Green energy manufacturer Energys has shown off the first of five Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators being manufactured for Telstra where they will feature in an energy backup pilot programme.

Victorian Minister for Climate Action and Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio (pictured) was shown a demonstration of the genertator in action.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators are designed as a drop-in zero emissions replacement for traditional diesel generators.

As part of a co-funded pilot project with the government, Telstra will install the units at five sites in outer-regional Victoria with a history of storm-related power blackouts and where generators are often needed.

Energys Managing Director Dr Roger Knight said it had taken a lot of vision, innovation and hard work for the company to get to this point.

“It’s not just about having the world’s best product, though – you also need a very strong supply chain to deliver it in volume.

“We have that, and much of it is local. That puts us in a position not just to service Telstra, but other adopters as worldwide demand grows.”

Energys is developing systems and products and technologies to generate, store and dispense hydrogen gas, and use hydrogen power.

In August the company received the 2023 Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award for Zero and Low Emissions Technology from the Victorian Government.

The Fuel Cell Generator delivers 10 kilowatts of AC power with hydrogen passed through the fuel cell, which undergoes an electrochemical reaction, producing electricity and water as a by-product.

The Energys range of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators is now rolling off its production line in Mulgrave, Melbourne.

The facility is set for further growth and will deliver around 50 megawatts of fuel cell products annually as part of a phase 1 expansion now underway.

D’Ambrosio said: “We’re supporting the state’s emerging renewable hydrogen sector to play a key part our transition to 95 per cent renewable energy by 2035.”

The Victorian government provided a Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund grant of $1,1 million to Telstra for the Telstra Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generator Pilot at Mobile Sites project.

Picture: Energys Australia/Lily D’Ambrosio (centre) and hydrogen fuel cell genset

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