Hyzon Hydrogen Powered Coaches to Conquer at FMG Mining
Leading global supplier of zero emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles Hyzon announced that its transport coaches completed a 15,000-kilometer durability road test, a key tryout before one of the world’s largest iron-ore producers uses the vehicles in the remote Pilbara region. Fortescue Metals Group has contracted for up to 10 of Hyzon’s custom-built coaches in the Christmas Creek mining hub, where summer temperatures commonly exceed 110 degrees. The endurance road test demonstrated the capability, effectiveness and strength of fuel cell stacks being discharged and recharged repetitively in harsh conditions.
Fortescue expressed interest in Hyzon’s proprietary fuel cell technology using hydrogen gas, for which emissions are limited to water vapor, to replace a fleet of diesel vehicles for transporting workers around remote mining sites. The switch is an integral part of the resource company’s plans to reduce emissions, diversify its energy mix and become carbon neutral by 2030. The Hyzon coaches for Fortescue will mark the world’s first hydrogen-powered coach fleet.
The Hyzon-Fortescue collaboration is the latest sign of increasing industrial and commercial transition to hydrogen mobility and it comes as New York-based Hyzon readies for a public listing soon on Nasdaq via business combination with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp.