The CEFC has committed up to $12.5 million to Ark Energy Corporation to finance the production of green hydrogen at the Townsville SunHQ H2 hydrogen hub through the Advancing Hydrogen Fund. The investment will support the construction of hydrogen production and refueling infrastructure for the Sun Metals zinc refinery, with green hydrogen produced from an electrolyzer powered by the Sun Metals solar farm. It will also finance five purpose-built, zero emissions ultra-heavy duty Hyzon hydrogen trucks.
The hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks will deliver zinc ore from Townsville Port in Queensland to the Sun Metals Refinery, where they will refuel with green hydrogen produced on site, before taking zinc ingots back to the port in a 30 km clean energy round trip. The investment will help deliver a more sustainable zinc supply chain.