Hypersonix Launch Systems (a Queensland aerospace firm) has entered a framework agreement to use locally produced green hydrogen supplied by BOC, H2 bulletin reports.
The aerospace company will use the green hydrogen to power its reusable Spartan scramjet engines, taking small satellite payloads to lower earth orbit (LEO).
David Waterhouse, Hypersonix CEO and co-founder, said, “We’re very pleased to have found a strong clean hydrogen partner in BOC.” He further added that Hypersonix is determined to go to space in a sustainable way and hydrogen is the fuel for that purpose as its environmental credentials are hard to beat.
Michael Smart, the co-founder and Head of R&D at Hypersonix, explained that the Spartan scramjet technology does not offload any rockets debris in oceans or contribute emissions to the atmosphere.
Chris Dolman, Business Development Manager, Clean Hydrogen, BOC, said, “BOC is set to produce Green Hydrogen for both local and in export use.”
Hypersonix received a Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Accelerating Commercialisation Grant in 2020 to design and build a reusable satellite launch vehicle scramjet engine powered by hydrogen. BOC has secured funding from ARENA to develop a Renewable Hydrogen Production and Refuelling pilot project in Bulwer Island, Queensland.
Hypersonix is an Australian aerospace design and development company developing technology to enable green access to space; whereas BOC is a subsidiary of Linde plc, is a leading gas and engineering company.
Australia is at the forefront of making green hydrogen through electrolysis by employing its abundant renewable energy. Last Sunday, Australia unveiled AU$ 1.08 billion State Energy and Emissions Reduction Deal that will deliver secure, reliable and affordable power to South Australians and help Australia achieve its emissions reduction targets. The deal also includes investing in carbon capture and hydrogen.