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Australian First: Hydrogen Powered SAPS


The Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Energy and Resources, and Minister for the State Electricity Commission visited Ampcontrol Ringwood, Victoria, on Monday 9 October 2023 to unveil a 100% hydrogen-integrated relocatable stand-alone power system (HiSAPS) powering the manufacturing facilities.

A first of its kind in Australia, the HiSAPS was developed by Boundary Power, a joint venture between Ampcontrol and Australian energy utility Horizon Power, after receiving funding by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) Victoria. 

Boundary Power proposed the hydrogen-integrated stand-alone power system project as part of the Victorian Government Renewable Hydrogen Commercialisation Pathways Fund, successfully receiving a $176,150 grant to develop a demonstration unit as an evidence base for decarbonisation that will see Victoria produce and use renewable hydrogen trials in real-world applications.

“There is a world of opportunity in the next five to 10 years to fill the gaps as the world collectively works to achieve global net zero. Some of our most innovative products within the renewable energy space have come about due to collaboration and partnership. HiSAPS is a brilliant example of collaboration, and investment from government, working together with industry to enable a smooth transition into a clean, reliable, and affordable energy future,” says Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO.

Thomas Steigler, Ampcontrol Research Engineer, who played a key role in the engineering design of HiSAPS hosted the event, which included a tour of Ampcontrol manufacturing facilities to show the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP and The Honourable Shaun Leane, member of the Legislative Council, representing Noth-Eastern Metropolitan and President of Legislative Council in Victoria,  the demonstration unit in action and how Ampcontrol develops world-leading technology to help solve the most complex problems in energy. 

“We’re supporting research and development in the renewable hydrogen sector to better understand the role it could play in Victoria’s renewable energy transition,” said The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP.

“Victoria’s renewable hydrogen has the potential to create long-term jobs through skills development and new career pathways, drive innovation and reduce emissions across our industrial, energy and transport sectors.”

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