HyGear (a subsidiary of Canada’s Xebec Adsorption Inc.) and Coregas (Australia’s Wesfarmers company) agreed for deploying hydrogen supply systems to various end-users across Australia and New Zealand.
Under the memorandum of understanding, HyGear will offer its support in producing and purification of hydrogen as well as expertise in installation, operations, and maintenance. Both companies would work together on developing a hydrogen supply business model for HyGear’s steam methane reforming (SMR) and electrolyser technologies with Coregas’ extensive customer base in Australia and New Zealand.
Given the rapid expansion of the hydrogen gas industry in Australia, HyGear recognises the potential opportunities for supporting Coregas with its unique Decentralised Production Hub (DPH) strategy.
Marinus van Driel, President of Xebec Global Hydrogen Group, said that these hubs would provide industrial customers with low priced, low carbon hydrogen and support the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations in an economically viable way across Australia and New Zealand.
Coregas produces and distributes compressed gases and cryogenic liquids to clients ranging from heavy industry and manufacturing to healthcare. It also runs a hydrogen production facility at Port Kembla, which supplies hydrogen gas to its customers, including BlueScope Steel.
Last month, Xebec launched its hydrogen supply strategy in the UK with a joint venture with Buse Gases Ltd. In 2017, it set up its first hub in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which supplies hydrogen to local customers.
HyGear provides small scale onsite hydrogen generation systems (Hy. Gen) producing hydrogen at customers’ site, which can be more cost-effective and provide reliable supply.