Monday, June 24, 2024

Funding fuels 19 clean marine and off-road transport projects

Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods, today confirmed funding for 19 innovative transport projects, including the country’s first electric 90-tonne dump truck, a road construction crew using zero-emissions equipment, and an electric hydrofoil ferry.

“Whilst electric cars are taking off, a significant amount of fossil fuels are used in marine and off-road settings and are seen as areas that are harder to decarbonise,” Minister Woods (pictured) said.

“These projects will prove the potential of electrification and other low-emissions technology. This kind of backing de-risks projects like these so there is more and faster uptake of similar technology.”

The projects are from two Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF) rounds covering the maritime sector, as well as off-road equipment and technology.

A total of $6.4 million in Government funding will leverage $18.2 million in applicant investment.

“Each year, the maritime and off-road sectors together use an estimated 1.6 billion litres of petrol and diesel accounting for around 13 percent of our total energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.”

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“Reducing emissions in these areas is vital, not just to meet our emissions targets and tackle climate change, but we’ll also reap significant co-benefits, especially in the marine sector. Our oceans, lakes and rivers are taonga, so everything we do to reduce pollution on the water will let us continue to enjoy it with minimal harm,” Dr Woods said.

The Low Emission Transport Fund, administered by EECA, supports the demonstration and adoption of low-emission transport technology, innovation and infrastructure to accelerate the decarbonisation of the New Zealand transport sector.

The Round 7 funding recipients are:

Recipient/fundingProject description
Firth Industries
Firth Industries will be trialing an electric wheel loader for use in the manufacturing of concrete.
Reliance Transport Ltd
Reliance Transport will purchase and operate a Reachstacker and 16-tonne Forkhoists.  They will also install a microgrid to enable a 350 kW charger.
TDX Limited
TDX will demonstrate three electric wheel loaders including one pre-production Volvo 20-tonne electric wheel loader.
Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure Limited
Winstone Aggregates will be the first quarry in New Zealand to pilot a 90-tonne electric dump truck in Belmont Quarry.This project will pilot the application of the largest available class of heavy electric vehicles in the New Zealand extractive industries.
Leach & Co Limited
Leach & Co will replace a diesel-powered wheel loader with an electric XC968EV 19,850 kg wheel loader in Southern landfill operations.
Brian Perry Civil Limited
Brian Perry Civil (BPC) will create a zero emission construction crew to support their ambitious goal of 30% carbon reduction by 2030 and to inspire the wider industry to aim high. BPC will use an electric excavator, tipper and wheel loader and install 60kW and 90kW chargers.
ChargeNet NZ Limited
ChargeNet, Openloop and Z are working together on a proof of concept for roaming capability between their public EV charging networks.This is a trial enabling EV owners to use different charging networks from one account.
Red Phase Technologies Limited
Red Phase Technologies will trial a grid integrated, grid supporting Battery Electric Storage System (BESS) integrated with 4 ultra-fast chargers. The project plans to prove the potential of BESS to enable fast deployment of the charging stations by minimising grid upgrades.
Outback New Zealand Ltd t/a Nomad Safaris/Info & Track/Info & Snow
Info & Track/Snow will replace one of its diesel 25-seat coaches with an electric 25-seat coach for visitor transport to the Routeburn Trailhead in the summer and Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields in the winter.
Fruehauf NZ Limited
Fruehauf NZ want to demonstrate a Model Schmitz Cargobull 13.5m refrigerated electric trailer technology for the transport of food and chilled goods to the NZ Transport Operators.
Isaac Construction Limited
Isaac Construction plan to implement the first electrified road crew in New Zealand. This project will test the viability of current battery electric technology in the construction industry.
Recipient Project description

Naut Limited
Naut Limited will demonstrate a mass manufacturable 150 HP electric outboard propulsion system on a 7m vessel.
Real Journeys ltd T/A Realnz
Real Journeys Ltd T/A Realnz will electrify 2 tender craft used for an overnight boat. One is co-funded by EECA and the other is fully funded by Real Journeys T/A Realnz.
Seachange New Zealand Limited
Seachange and Fullers 360 will demonstrate a next-generation, zero emission electric hydrofoiling passenger vessel to transport passengers across the Hauraki Gulf.
Evocean Electric Power & Propulsion
Evocean Electric Power & Propulsion will design and build an electric vessel for use as marina security and work boat.
EV Maritime Limited
EV Maritime will build an intelligence platform to harness insights from data onboard its vessels. It is designed to increase operational efficiency and resilience in electric ferries.
CentrePort Limited
CentrePort is working with StraitNZ to reduce transport emissions, by enabling shore-based power to ferries moored at King’s Wharf. A shore-based power supply will allow StraitNZ ferries to turn their diesel engines and generators off while in berth in Wellington and still maintain power to their onboard systems. The benefits of this initiative include reduced carbon emissions and better air quality.CentrePort provides the wharves and infrastructure that Cook Strait ferries use in Wellington. Equipment enabling shore power for StraitNZ ferries will be installed at King’s Wharf and in the nearby electrical network to support the additional load on the grid.Providing shore-based power for StraitNZ ferries is part of CentrePort’s wider programme to reduce emissions in the New Zealand supply chain and be a carbon-zero port by 2040.
Next Generation Boats Limited
Next Generation Boats Limited will bring an electric hydrofoiling boat (Candela C-8) and use it as a technology demonstrator for NZ businesses involved in tourism (tourist sightseeing boat) and marine transport (water taxi, light ferry).
Electric Wave Ltd
Electric Wave Ltd will install electric marine charging infrastructure, demonstrating the viability of electric marine vessels with large power requirements and establishing marine side electric charging capability.

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