Fabrum, a developer of mission-critical technology solutions for global industries, is partnering with New Zealand’s largest heavy transport company H.W. Richardson (HWR), to decarbonise its transport fleet with hydrogen.
Fabrum is developing and deploying an end-to-end scalable hydrogen refuelling solution for HWR to enable fleet-ready access to hydrogen; this coincides with HWR’s plans to have ten dual-fuel hydrogen diesel trucks on the road by the second quarter of 2023.
Fabrum is developing the first green hydrogen production system for HWR for its Southland site, using a 1.1-Megawatt (MW) membrane-free electrolyser combined with its cryogenic technologies in a containerised system for decentralised point-of-use refuelling. Fabrum will also supply hydrogen storage technology that integrates with compression and dispensing technology to enable an end-to-end solution of production through to dispensing of hydrogen gas.
Fabrum, formerly known as Fabrum Solutions recently merged with AFCryo, a world leader in cryocoolers and liquefiers. Fabrum’s world-leading AFCryocooler cryogenic technology, which enables gas separation and liquefaction, combined with patented Membrane-Free Electrolyser™ technology from UK company Clean Power Hydrogen (CPH2) – splits water into pure hydrogen and medical grade oxygen – without the polymer membrane used in common PEM electrolysers. A 1.1 MW system can produce 450kg of hydrogen per day from water.
HWR has been trialling dual-fuel hydrogen technology for its truck fleets since late 2021. Dual-fuel is a future fuels solution that works for the entire heavy transport industry, enabling this low-carbon transition in an accessible and sustainable manner. Dual-fuel technology diesel engines can replace up to 40% of the diesel with hydrogen – resulting in a 40% reduction in emissions – without power loss.
Fabrum’s CEO, Dr Ojas Mahapatra, said, “We’re excited to be working with HWR to power change for a new zero-emission transport future with our green hydrogen technologies. As one of New Zealand’s largest companies, HWR can action big change that impacts its emissions and provides a sustainability and decarbonisation blueprint for heavy transport. Over the past year, we’ve seen a surge in demand for our hydrogen solutions, driven by increasing decarbonisation and energy security challenges.”
HWR’s CEO Anthony Jone, said, “Fabrum is a key part of our hydrogen project as their world-leading solutions enable hydrogen production capability on-site and on-demand. As HWR rolls out dual-fuel technology and its hydrogen refuelling network across New Zealand, Fabrum’s ability to scale to grow with us means this alternative fuel source will be a solution for the entire heavy transport industry.”
Christopher Boyle, Managing Director and co-founder of Fabrum, says hydrogen is one of the most scalable and viable options to help the energy transition to a lower-carbon economy and Fabrum is leading the world in end-to-end zero-emission transition technologies.
HWR, which owns the Allied Petroleum network of around 110 fuel stops across New Zealand from Stewart Island to Karikari Peninsula, has options to buy further electrolyser and hydrogen storage systems from Fabrum for new and existing refuelling sites.