UK hydrogen fuel pioneer ULEMCo signs deal to open the Australian market for hydrogen conversions

Liverpool-based ULEMCo, the UK hydrogen fuel pioneer, has signed an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia-based ENGV to collaborate on developing a market for its hydrogen dual fuel technology.

The scope of the agreement extends across Australia and into commercial vehicles, particularly heavy-duty applications like refuse collection, urban trucks, buses and prime movers.

In the effort to transition to decarbonised transport, HGVs are some of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions, and yet at present there are very few realistic clean fuel alternatives available.

By using zero-carbon hydrogen to displace diesel directly in the engine, ULEMCo’s dual fuel technology H2ICED® enables vehicle owners to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 40%, as well as offering a practical solution that is immediately available.

Additionally, by providing a low risk option for fleetwide conversion, it can provide demand for investment in hydrogen refuelling infrastructure that can accelerate the overall take up of hydrogen technologies globally.    

ENGV developed and now operates Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in Canberra, with plans to support the growth of industry by the deployment of best-in-class HRS solutions for both public and depot-based refuelling. 

“The existing diesel fleet replacement cycle in Australia is generally between 7-20 years”, says Sean Blythe, CEO of ENGV.

“We see the unique ULEMCo technology as providing a hydrogen load for infrastructure investment whilst also delivering immediate CO2 and tailpipe emission reduction benefits. ENGV has many years of experience with the development and deployment of gas heavy vehicles in Australia.

“We were previously involved with LNG and CNG truck installation and operation in Australia. We see this technology as a natural extension of our core business and competencies”. 

“We have a growing frustration that some companies and governments are delaying adoption of cleaner fuels, while waiting for revolutionary technology developments such as zero-emission electric or fuel cell vehicles”

Amanda Lyne, Managing Director, ULEMCo

“We are delighted to be working with ENGV and to be extending our approach internationally”, said Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo.

“We have a growing frustration that some companies and governments are delaying adoption of cleaner fuels, while waiting for revolutionary technology developments such as zero-emission electric or fuel cell vehicles.

“Our existing hydrogen dual fuel approach offers a solution that can reduce carbon emissions dramatically, and be applied across a range of existing vehicle platforms. Through this partnership we are really looking forward to being part of the early development of the market for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in Australia.”   

About ULEMCo

ULEMCo Ltd is the world’s first hydrogen commercial vehicle conversion company, enabling fleet, commercial and niche vehicle owners to have access to zero emission hydrogen fuel, as part of their strategies to reduce transport related carbon emissions.

ULEMCo is based in Liverpool, UK and was founded in 2014 as a spin out of Revolve Technologies, to commercialise intellectual property and capability in hydrogen combustion engine technology. The company converts vehicles, having started with diesel Ford Transit vans, to enable them to run on commercially available hydrogen. The technology allows vehicle fleet managers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to ultra-low levels.

Commercial fleets across the UK benefit from a reduced carbon foot print while still having the full range capability of standard diesel vehicles. Alongside various partners, ULEMCo already supports a fleet of vehicles across a range of hydrogen hubs in the UK. The company is targeting commercial fleet conversions to grow the market significantly over the next 18 months, and then expand into other vehicle types over the longer term. Its growth plans include creating a hydrogen re-fuelling network to capitalise on the existing local infrastructure for this ‘green’ fuel.

About ENGV

ENGV Pty Ltd was established in 2013 as a full-service provider to meet the needs of customers in all areas of gas storage, vehicle and transport. Since the beginning, services have included the supply and maintenance of CNG fuelling stations, CNG and LNG vehicle and bulk trailers, conversions and fit-outs and the supply of vehicle and conversion parts.

ENGV partners with leading technology providers in renewable hydrogen and biomethane/RNG to broaden its capabilities and expertise in the transition to a low carbon economy. It partners with world-leading suppliers in hydrogen, natural gas, biomethane and LPG to provide only the finest equipment and operational services in the Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific markets.

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