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Thiess to take ownership of new hydrogen generator

Mining services company Thiess will be the first customer for Toyota’s locally-assembled EODev GEH2 hydrogen fuel cell generator.

The GEH2 generator was developed through partnership between Toyota Motor Europe and French firm EODev using Toyota fuel cell technology.

The announcement was made by Toyota Australia president and chief executive officer Matthew Callachor at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the first GEH2 assembled in Altona, Victoria.

“This is a great day for us at Toyota and all of our like-minded partners that have brought this important project to fruition as we aim to help drive towards a more sustainable future,” Callachor said.

“For Toyota, it’s part of our multi-pathway approach to decarbonisation by providing Australian customers with a range of technologies and mobility solutions, including power generation, that help reduce carbon emissions.”

Toyota and Thiess have a long-standing history, with Thiess importing the first LandCruisers into Australia in 1958 to work on the Snowy Hydro Scheme.

“Thiess then gained the Queensland and other state distribution rights from our parent company in Japan and was instrumental in building our brand here, particularly in rural and regional Australia,” Callachor said.

“Now, we are working together again in a new era as we collectively aim to build a better future for all Australians.”

Thiess group executive – assets, autonomy and digital Ramesh Liyanage said that Thiess will use the generator at its mining operations in NSW.

“This year, as Thiess celebrates 90 years of operations – we are well-progressed in our journey to reduce carbon emissions from our operations, and we are determined to make a meaningful contribution towards decarbonising the world’s resources sector,” Liyanage said.

“We’re pleased at the prospect of being the first customer to take the locally-assembled hydrogen fuel cell generator unit and are excited to be partnering with Toyota once again, this time on cutting-edge technology that has the power to shape a more sustainable future for the world.”

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