Murihiku Region features strongly as Clean Energy Innovators at national hydrogen summit
The 2023 Hydrogen Summit, hosted by the New Zealand Hydrogen Council was held on 7 and 8 September, in Wellington. The Murihiku- Southland region featured strongly at the Conference, acknowledging innovation and action by Murihiku Regeneration and Ngai Tahu in its work with the Southern Green Hydrogen Project, and he early implementation of green hydrogen as a key renewable energy fuel for heavy transport by the HWR Hydrogen Team, with its dual fuel technology being activated in the first of its new hybrid trucks .
Presentations by the Southern Green Hydrogen Project Team, and from the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the HWR Group were clear evidence of the efforts being put in within Murihiku -Southland to advance hydrogen production and use in heavy transport.
The HWR Chair, Albert Brantly (pictured), who also works with Murihiku Regeneration as a commercial advisor, was clear that green hydrogen would play a key part in the decarbonisation of the heavy transport sector for Southland and New Zealand. He felt that Southland had a real advantage in leading in this space, and companies such as HWR needed to start on that energy transition now.
Murihiku Regeneration has been working on its energy transition plan for the region, which would feature a focus on heavy transport (land and marine) and aviation -through synthetic aviation fuel (SAF), as areas where green hydrogen could play a major role in supporting the shift to net zero.
“This plan is due in the next few week, and will be shared with our community from then”, says Terry Nicholas, Murihiku Regeneration Portfolio Director.
Posted: 26 September 2023