“With new technology, it is potentially able to be cost competitive with diesel by 2030 – but it is very difficult to pinpoint,” he said.
“It’s not initially going to be economically sound, it needs scaled implementation to drive costs down.”
Dr Menzies said the mining industry, in remote parts of Australia had already been looking at hydrogen, due to the high cost of diesel.
“Every year we are getting closer and closer to putting a truck on the road, at a much smaller cost, so it becomes more attractive,” she said.
“The transport part of the supply chain is where we can get some tangible wins in reducing carbon emissions.”
Dr Menzies said it now needed the key dairy processors to get around the table, to discuss the potential of hydrogen fuel.
She said processors, and tanker operators, would need to look at issues such as what maintenance and infrastructure was required to keep trucks on the road.
“We have a responsibility to educate people about the opportunities,” she said.
“How do you build people’s motivation and buy-in, to commit funding to this next stage?”
Milk tankers were an attractive option for hydrogen fuel, as they operated as a “return-to-base” system, to refuel.
“What needs to happen is a company, or consortium, needs to pilot a vehicle to get on the road in the south-west.
“A pilot hydrogen-powered milk tanker, requires funding and key stakeholder buy in.”
Dr Menzies said the supply chain had been overlooked, when it came to emissions and carbon reductions.
“We know that narrative is front and centre, we know we have big responsibility to reduce our carbon contribution.”
Extracted in full from: Warrnambool university looks to hydrogen powered milk tankers | The Standard | Warrnambool, VIC