Overview

The CPF program is closed for applications. Applications have been assessed, providing:

  • grants to 6 applicants
  • $6.6 million in grant funding
  • funding for capital works projects that support the building of hydrogen pilots, trials, and demonstrations
  • support for the establishment of a thriving renewable hydrogen industry, aligning with the Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan.

Objectives

The objectives of the Fund are to:

  • Kick-start investment in Victoria’s renewable hydrogen sector;
  • Unlock co-investment and partnership opportunities for project proponents, creating new jobs and economic growth for Victoria;
  • Provide an evidence base for decarbonisation through renewable hydrogen and enable demonstration projects to lead the way to commercialisation; and
  • Build the profile of hydrogen in Victoria and create a streamlined process for industry-government interactions and knowledge sharing.

Funded projects

Six projects were awarded funding under the Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund.

All successful projects have demonstrated that only renewable energy sources have been used to generate the energy required for hydrogen production.

Volgren Australia Pty Ltd

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhat does this mean and why is this project importantFunding awardedProject cost
Manufacturing and Commercialisation of Hydrogen Buses This project will develop two Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Buses in Dandenong. These buses will use a fuel cell, powered by hydrogen, to generate the electricity needed to run them. This differs from a standard battery-electric vehicle which relies solely on energy stored in the onboard batteries.

Once the buses have been built, they will be deployed to bus operators to trial using them on the Victorian public transport network.
Dandenong This project is an important part of the transition to alternate fuel sources for our transport sector, a key goal in our Zero Emissions Vehicle Roadmap, and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 target.

It is estimated that every Volgren hydrogen bus that replaces a diesel bus in the public transport network will reduce CO2 emissions by 30 tonnes per year.
$1,800,000 $4,000,000

Viva Energy Group Limited

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhat does this mean and why is this project importantFunding awardedProject cost
Viva Energy New Energies Service Station (NESS) Project This project will develop a hydrogen refuelling station as part of a public New Energies Service Station and will co-locate hydrogen refuelling with electric vehicle charging to deliver new energy solutions to customers. The project will be supported by 2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle trucks and supports the integration of renewable hydrogen in the transportation sector.

The NESS will be located near Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery. Geelong is an ideal location for Victoria’s long term hydrogen ambitions and has also been identified as one of NERA’s hydrogen clusters.
Corio This project supports the transition to zero-emission vehicles by contributing to the development of hydrogen refuelling services.

Hydrogen has the potential to be used to power heavy vehicles such as forklifts, trucks and buses, trains, ships and even aircraft. Hydrogen-powered vehicles can also travel longer distances before refuelling than BEVs (recharge).
$1,000,000 $28,990,000

Air Liquide Australia Solutions Pty Ltd

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhat does this mean and why is this project importantFunding awardedProject cost
Development of Altona Renewable Hydrogen Plant This project will develop a renewable hydrogen facility that will produce renewable hydrogen via electrolysis in the Victorian metropolitan logistics and transportation hub of Altona.

The project will have the initial capacity to generate 130 tonnes of renewable hydrogen annually, equivalent to 740 tonnes of CO2 per annum, contributing to net-zero emissions Victoria.
Altona This project provides a source of renewable hydrogen and allows industry to engage in the use of hydrogen for decarbonization.

A renewable hydrogen economy can capitalise on our vast renewable energy resources, provide cost-comparative energy options, assist in decarbonising our gas, freight, transport and industrial sectors and take our renewable energy to the rest of the world.
$1,500,000 $5,784,000

Energys Australia Pty Ltd

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhat does this mean and why is this project importantFunding awardedProject cost
Energys Renewable Hydrogen Production Facility This project will develop a Renewable Hydrogen Production Facility that will produce renewable hydrogen via electrolysis. This project will facilitate the uptake of renewable hydrogen not only for use in the transportation sector but also as an alternative for other ways diesel is currently utilised. Clayton or Mulgrave (TBC) Victoria’s abundant renewable energy resources, combined with a skilled workforce, existing gas pipelines, transport and freight infrastructure and export infrastructure, provide the state with a potential global advantage in renewable hydrogen.

This project provides a source of renewable hydrogen to support uptake in the transport system and the replacement of diesel in other applications such as in backup power supply.
$1,000,000 $3,350,000

Boundary Power Pty Ltd

Project nameDescriptionLocationWhat does this mean and why is this project importantFunding awardedProject cost
Renewable Hydrogen Standalone Power System Demonstration Project This project will develop the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind in Australia renewable Standalone Power System utilizing solar power and a Renewable Hydrogen Hydride Battery to store and generate electricity when required. Ringwood This project will demonstrate the capacity for solar to not only provide a direct source of energy through solar panels but also to replenish batteries and produce renewable hydrogen.

The hydrogen produced can be stored as a fuel source to power a stand-alone power system (similar to a generator) for use in remote areas with no or unreliable access to energy, providing users with continuous, reliable power.
$176,150 $352,350

Telstra Corporation Limited

Project nameDescriptionLocationsWhat does this mean and why is this project importantFunding awardedProject cost
Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generator Pilot at Mobile Sites This project will deploy a renewable hydrogen fuel cell generator at regional mobile communication sites. The project will remove the reliance on fossil fuels generators and enable renewable hydrogen to support the electricity system and reliability for telecoms services in times of high demand. Silvan
Christmas Hills
Dixons Creek West
East Warburton
Kinglake
Backup power is critical to ensure the operation of essential services, like telecommunications, during peak demand or during emergencies. Currently, most backup generators are run on diesel. Renewable hydrogen fuel cells convert hydrogen into electricity and could be more reliable and longer-lasting than batteries. $1,115,185 $2,494,378

Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan

The Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan (the Plan), launched on 26 February 2021, provides the blueprint for growing Victoria’s renewable hydrogen economy. The development of a renewable hydrogen industry will support Victoria’s climate change ambitions and its net-zero emissions target by 2050. Decarbonisation and economic recovery can be accelerated and promoted across Victoria by supporting the establishment of a thriving renewable hydrogen industry.

Program documents

Application Guidelines (DOCX, 2.1 MB)

FAQs (DOCX, 297.0 KB)