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Buses, trucks and cars powered by green hydrogen could soon be a reality in New South Wales thanks to a new agreement between energy infrastructure company Jemena and gas supply company Coregas.

Under the new agreement Jemena will produce and supply green hydrogen from its Western Sydney plant for use by transport and industrial customers from early 2022.

The partnership marks the first time the New South Wales transport industry will have access to green hydrogen.

Jemena’s General Manager for Renewable Gas, Gabrielle Sycamore, said the agreement further demonstrates the potential of green hydrogen to store renewable energy and integrate future gas, electricity and transport refuelling networks.

“We know that green hydrogen has the immediate potential to become a viable zero emission alternative to many petroleum-based fossil fuels currently used by industries such as transport and remote power generation,” Ms Sycamore said.

“Hydrogen fuel cells are particularly well suited to long distance heavy haulage trucking requirements based on their comparatively light weight and fast refuelling times which can be just a matter of minutes.”

The green hydrogen will be produced at Jemena’s $15 million Western Sydney Green Gas Project. Co-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Power-to-Gas project is converting renewable electricity to hydrogen gas which can be blended and stored in Jemena’s gas distribution network to supply New South Wales homes and businesses.

Coregas Executive General Manager Alan Watkins said that Coregas was committed to Australia’s transition towards a hydrogen economy.

“Coregas is committed to initiatives that drive innovation for cleaner energy and hydrogen is a priority for us,” Mr Watkins said.

“Our agreement with Jemena is a crucial step forward, and we are excited to be able to provide green hydrogen to customers across NSW from 2022,”