Toyota to unveil next-generation “Mirai Concept” at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show’s “Future Expo”

11 October 2019

Toyota today announced that it will preview the next generation of its ground-breaking, zero-emission Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

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Hydrogen pipeline project gets Government funding

4 September 2019

First Gas says its hydrogen pilot which today received a Government PGF grant will “unlock” hydrogen as a renewable energy source in New Zealand. 

The company’s hydrogen pipeline trial, developing alongside the National New Energy Development Centre being set up in Taranaki, will assess whether hydrogen can be used in New Zealand and transported via the existing gas pipe network.

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Hydrogen-fuelled vehicles will play a part in our transport future

29 August 2019

In the move to decarbonise the world’s transport fleet, hydrogen will have a unique role to play alongside self-charging hybrids and battery electric vehicles, according to Toyota. 

Episodes of extreme weather around the world and increasing average global temperatures are attesting to the reality of global warming. Amid global efforts to hold the potential temperature rise to 2.0°C or 1.5°C as the latest IPCC report recommends[1], Toyota is planning to slash average CO2 emissions per vehicle by 90% in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050.

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Kapuni ‘green’ hydrogen project seen as catalyst for NZ market

24 June 2019

Hiringa Energy and Ballance Agri-Nutrients confirmed a Joint Development Agreement last week for a major clean-tech project in Taranaki to produce ‘green’ hydrogen using renewable energy.

The $50million showcase project of Taranaki’s new energy future will be based at Ballance’s Kapuni ammonia-urea plant, and is seen as a catalyst for the development of a sustainable green hydrogen market in New Zealand to fuel heavy transport – as fleet operators push to reduce carbon emissions (C02-e) in response to Zero Carbon legislative change.

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Wraps come off NZ's first hydrogen powered car at Fieldays

12 June 2019

Hyundai has unveiled New Zealand's first zero emissions, hydrogen-powered SUV at Fieldays but it could be some months before it hits this country's roads while an infrastructure is built to support the technology.

Hyundai NZ spokesman Gavin Young said the company was working with the 29 other members of the New Zealand Hydrogen Association to provide the infrastructure, and expected the fuel cell system-driven vehicles would be available well within two years.

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Hydrogen project first to join NNEDC

9 May 2019

First Gas announced today a hydrogen-pipeline trial as one of the first projects likely to start at the National New Energy Development Centre being set up in Taranaki.

The New Plymouth-based company, which owns and operates gas networks, will base staff at the centre to design and run a trial of transmission and end use of hydrogen or hydrogen-blend gas.

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Genesis joins New Zealand Hydrogen Association

25 February 2019

Genesis has joined the New Zealand Hydrogen Association as part of its focus on supporting New Zealand’s transition to a lower carbon future.   

“We’re on the cusp of understanding the viability of a hydrogen economy, and hydrogen’s potential as a carbon-free fuel for New Zealand. Membership of the New Zealand Hydrogen Association brings Genesis and like-minded organisations together to explore how hydrogen could become an economically feasible fuel for New Zealand, or potentially even exported,” says Tracey Hickman, Executive General Manager Wholesale and Generation, Genesis.

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Research released on role of gas in a low-carbon economy

10 December 2018

Given the vital role gas and its infrastructure play in the New Zealand economy, it is crucial to understand the options for gas in the changing policy environment.

That’s the message from a report by London-based consultants Vivid Economics which was officially released in Wellington today.

Taranaki-based energy companies First Gas and Powerco commissioned Vivid Economics to explore potential scenarios for future use of the gas infrastructure as New Zealand moves to a low-carbon economy.

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Ports of Auckland plans hydrogen fuel plant to power forklifts and cars

4 DECEMBER 2018

Ports of Auckland plans to build the city's first hydrogen fuel production plant on its waterfront land over the next year.

The carbon-free fuel it produces will initially be used for hydrogen-powered forklifts and cars, and possibly a bus to be trialled on Auckland routes. 

The project partners are Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, and KiwiRail, which is watching global trials of hydrogen-powered trains.

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Toyota joins New Zealand Hydrogen Association

29 November 2018

Toyota New Zealand has become one of the first vehicle manufacturers to join the recently established New Zealand Hydrogen Association.

Hydrogen fuel cell development is a key component of Toyota’s commitment to alternative fuel sources and sustainable motoring.

Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive Alistair Davis said joining the new Hydrogen Association was a first step towards developing an eco-system for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in New Zealand.

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Major Transport industry Players Backing NZ Hydrogen Association

27 September 2018

Transport and infrastructure industry operators H.W Richardson Group and Fulton Hogan are two of the foundation members which have been involved in the formation of the New Zealand Hydrogen Association.
Hyundai New Zealand, Siemens (NZ), Green Cabs, Venture Southland, Real Journeys, Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds, and Contact Energy are also founding members of the association.

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Formation of the New Zealand Hydrogen Association

16th September 2018

The advancement of hydrogen energy as a low emission fuel source in New Zealand took a significant step forward today with the announcement of the formation of the New Zealand Hydrogen Association, by the Association’s Chairman, Michael Fulton.

Mr Fulton says the Association was established with significant input and funding from a number of private sector companies, as well as seed funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

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Otago scientists awarded major funding for innovative research

13 September 2018

University of Otago research leader Professor Richard Blaikie has received almost $1 million in Government funding to develop a cost-effective solution for large-scale production of hydrogen gas, a potential source of energy as an alternative to fossil fuel.

Professor Blaikie, who is the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, is one of five Otago researchers successful in securing almost $5 million between them from the Government’s Endeavour Fund, New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious research and science contestable fund.

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Hyundai serious about hydrogen in NZ

14 AUGUST 2018

Having cemented pole position in the battery-fed electric car sales race, Hyundai would like to now set the pace with the fuel of the future: hydrogen.

Local distributor Hyundai New Zealand says it would love to have its Nexo, the latest car the parent in South Korea has produced to employ the hydrogen fuel cell technology it has developed, if not for sale then at least for demonstration. However, it admits the hatchback is foiled by an obvious issue - lack of any readily available fuel source.

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