In an Australian first, Air bp’s new all-electric aviation refueler has begun operating at Brisbane Airport.

Stationed at one of Australia’s largest airports, the next-generation electric refueller was commissioned by Air bp and will hold 16kl of Jet-A1 – a key aviation fuel.
Using Lithium-Ion batteries and digital charging mechanisms, it is Australia’s first all-electric aviation refueller.

Designed to operate for a full day with overnight charging, Air bp also anticipates the electric refueller will reduce bp’s operation and maintenance costs when compared with similar diesel-fuelled refuellers.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, attended the official event to mark its start of operations.

“I am thrilled to see the new, all-electric refueller start operations at Brisbane Airport today, marking an important milestone for carbon abatement technology use in Australian aviation,” Ms King said.

“The Federal Government is committed to working with industry to cut emissions right across our aviation operations, and this is a fantastic example of how technology can help achieve this.

“We are already establishing a unit within my department to work across government and with industry to drive down domestic transport sector emissions and the upcoming aviation white paper will consider how to transition the sector into a net-zero world.

“The Government congratulates Air bp on its successful commissioning of this new electric refueller, and looks forward to working with industry partners to further abate carbon emissions in Australian aviation.”

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