Freeport East Welcomes International Agreement With Australian Hydrogen Specialists

Freeport East has announced it has signed a collaboration agreement with Australian-based, green hydrogen storage firm, Rux Energy. The MOU was signed by Freeport East CEO, Steve Beel and Dr. Jehan Kanga, Founder and CEO of Rux Energy on Feb. 5 during a visit to the Innovation Labs, University of Suffolk. 
Freeport East Welcomes International Agreement With Australian Hydrogen Specialists
Jehan Kanga and Steve Beel sign MOU (Freeport East)

Rux Energy has created unique nanoporous advanced materials and innovative carbon-composite tanks in order to improve the safety, and reduce the costs, of hydrogen storage and distribution and effectively remove the blockers to hydrogen adoption globally. Facilitated by Freeport East, Rux registered its UK subsidiary, Rux Energy UK, in Harwich, a first outside Australia, in April 2023.

Freeport East is striving towards becoming the UK’s hub for transport and maritime decarbonization and reducing emissions both on land and sea.

The signing took place as part of a UK visit by Rux Energy that ivolved meeting with a number of local stakeholders through Freeport East. These included prospective supply chain partners in and around Harwich, where Rux Energy and Freeport East plan to work together on advancing a clean energy innovation cluster, and discussions with the University of Suffolk on green energy developments.

Steve Beel, CEO of Freeport East said, “This latest agreement underscores our commitment to becoming the greenest freeport in the country. 

“We are proud to be a driving force; collaborating with partners, sharing knowledge and attracting outside investors. Freeport East provides a compelling reason to invest, work, and live in East Anglia.”

This agreement also marks a key milestone for Rux Energy and its future expansion in UK and European markets.

Dr. Jehan Kanga, Founder and CEO of Rux Energy, said, “This partnership ushers in a paradigm shift toward a hydrogen future where Rux's storage technology and supply chain efficiencies deliver fuel costs competitive with natural gas, accelerating the switch away from fossil fuels for heavy vehicles, rail, aviation, marine vessels and industrial end-users, delivering sustainable jobs growth across both the UK and Australia, while enabling our hardest-to-abate sectors to decarbonize years earlier than previously anticipated."

The MOU highlights the collaborative efforts between Australia and the UK to cut carbon emissions and to ensure specialised knowledge is shared, building an advanced workforce of the future.


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