Ark Energy Corporation, the Australian subsidiary Korea Zinc, has ordered five 154-tonnes hydrogen trucks from Hyzon Motors.

The two companies on Friday (July 9) signed a Head of Agreement for the vehicles which will be used in road train configurations to Ark Energy for use by sister company Townsville Logistics.

By replacing its current diesel trucks with the hydrogen alternatives, it is believed that Ark Energy will reduce its CO2 emissions by over 1,400 tonnes per year.

Commenting on the company’s order, Daniel Kim, CEO of Ark Energy, said, “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.

“In addition, Hyzon Motors was the only OEM that was interested in supplying the Australian market in the next 18 months.”

The ordered 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 utilization, enabling the first refinery to produce green zinc.

As part of this commitment, Ark Energy has also joined the Hyzon Zero Carbon Alliance as a founding member. The alliance aligns experience and expertise to accelerate the transition to a zero-emissions reality.

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

The order market the second announced interest in Hyzon’s 154-ton class ultra-heavy-duty trucks, received within weeks of the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a European customer.

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