The Mirais will be driven by council staff in their day-to-day duties, and refuelled at a mobile hydrogen refuelling station at Toyota’s former automotive plant at Altona, not far from Hobson’s Bay.
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The cars, which display the vehicles’ 550km range and fuel type prominently on the body, mark an important step towards normalising the presence of FCEVs on Australian roads.
The trial is the first of several to be run in Australia by Toyota over the next three years.
“It’s an exciting first step to not only build greater awareness about this new technology and the Mirai FCEV, but it’s also step towards a cleaner, greener future,” said Toyota Australia’s manager of advanced technology vehicles and site development, Matt MacLeod.
“We know that it’s only a matter of time before CO2 regulations arrive in Australia, and that’s why there is such a huge focus on zero emission vehicles like the Mirai.
“This trial is a step in the right direction and that’s why we’re excited to partner with Hobson’s Bay City Council to see these Mirai used in a number of real-world applications,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to highlight the fact that these cars drive just like any other vehicle, except they don’t make any engine noise and emit nothing but water vapour.”
For everyday Australians, the Mirai is not available for sale yet in Australia – “mainly because there isn’t existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to support it,” says MacLeod.
But Hydrogen Mobility Australia CEO Claire Johnson says the Toyota trials will help to drive the start of a hydrogen industry here – which has the potential to add $1.7 billion to the economy.
“Hydrogen mobility is being recognised by governments around the world to meet their environmental and economic goals, Johnson said.
“In Australia, we are working with governments at all levels to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen transport with positive progress to date, however public-private partnerships will be essential for the long-term success of this important sector.”
For the Hobson’s Bay Council, the trial forms part of its 2030 Community Vision, which focuses on sustainable practices, and will assist the council in achieving its goal of zero net emissions for operations by 2020.
“This is such an exciting opportunity to partner with our friends at Toyota and experience their emerging technologies,” said Hobson’s Bay mayor Angela Altair.
“We are proud to take a leadership role in supporting low emissions vehicles and the development of new and innovative technologies that address climate change.”
Melbourne will also be the testing ground for a trial for hydrogen fuel cell forklifts at the Altona plant, the first of its kind to be conducted outside of Japan.
In addition to being completely free of CO2 emissions, the forklifts and the Toyota Mirais present an opportunity to use sustainable hydrogen generation processes using nothing but the sun, win and water – not only further reducing CO2 emissions but also saving money.
“There is a high potential for energy cost savings,” said Toyota’s general manager of corporate compliance and project development, Bob Walmsley.
The forklifts are also easier to use, he says.
“With conventional forklift special care is needed when charging and maintaining the battery, whereas a FC forklift is considered simpler when it comes to refuelling and scheduled maintenance.”
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CONSORT wins the Clean Energy Council’s Community Engagement Award
August 6, 2018 by wordpress_admin
We are proud to have won the Clean Energy Council’s Community Engagement Award. This award is a recognition of the hard work put in by all the project partners and the Bruny Island community to make this project a success.
One of the unique parts of the CONSORT project is our focus on the customers’ and in particular, their experience of the technology. This is not just their financial or economic outcomes, but includes how they feel about contributing to the local network for the benefit of their neighbours, and how they respond to things like receiving notifications of upcoming peak load events. Our motivation is to understand what makes customers come to trust that the technology we’ve developed is actually acting in their best interest, and what customers perceive as fair compensation for the network company occasionally making use of energy stored in their batteries. The CEC Business Community Engagement Award reflects the value that the industry puts on these considerations.
Bruny Island battery trial wins Engineering Excellence Award
August 10, 2018 by wordpress_admin
The CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial has won the Engineers Australia’s Tasmanian Engineering Excellence Award, held in Hobart, and now reaches the final of the 2018 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), which will be announced in September 2018.
The AEEA awards recognise outstanding achievement in engineering and the invaluable contribution engineering makes to the economy, community and the environment. The project was previously awarded EESA’s Energy Project of the year and the Clean Energy Council’s Business Community Engagement Award in 2018.
The award coincides with the CONSORT project passing another important milestone, in demonstrating how smart coordination of home battery systems can help to support electricity networks, while rewarding battery owners for this support.
The trial, based on Bruny Island, Tasmania, was able to prevent project partner TasNetworks from having to start their backup diesel generator during a major network peak.
20/05/2015: Product recall for HGN4-32DC Isolating Switches
Between 7th October 2011 and 1st March 2014 I Want Energy supplied and installed DC isolating switches with the part number HGN4-32DC. These switched were purchased from an Australian company based in New South Wales. Some of these switches have proven to be faulty and there is the potential risk of fire from faulty contacts within the internal mechanism of this switch.
We have compiled a comprehensive list of all of our installations during the period 7th October 2011 to 1st March 2014. This list of installations has been provided to the Department of Justice Tasmania and they have instructed Tech Safe Pty Ltd to conduct inspections on some of the installations.
We have now contacted the ACCC to enact a product recall. The process has now begun of visiting each installation to replace these switches. I Want Energy will be conducting this replacement program by postcode and then reporting to the Department of Justice when each postcode has been completed.
We will be notifying each customer in their respective postcode of an approximate time frame for this work. You do not have to be home when we visit but we will need access to your roof and your inverter.
There is no cost to the customer for this work.
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