Canadian firm Hydrogenics has announced a new contract with German compressor manufacturer Maximator.
Hydrogenics, which designs, manufactures, builds and installs hydrogen generation systems, fuel cells and energy storage, will provide a large-scale polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis system to Maximator’s new Wuppertal fuelling station, which will supply a fleet of newly-built fuel cell buses. Local public transport provider WSW, which will oversee the buses, has expressed a preference for hydrogen fuel cells over traditional batteries, citing their superior reliability and durability – an essential concern around Wuppertal, which is known for its steep hills.
PEM electrolysis systems are fully customisable and scalable for large-scale applications and Hydrogenics pride themselves on their systems’ efficiency, durability and responsiveness. The technology is sufficiently compact to mesh with existing infrastructure in urban environments.
Daryl Wilson, president and CEO of Hydrogenics, said: “We are pleased that our advanced PEM electrolyzers continue to be chosen for important and high-profile city transit applications such as this. Whether providing clean fuel for buses in Germany or elsewhere, Hydrogenics continues to be a leader across the hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty mobility landscape.”
Maximator Vice-President Rene Himmelstein said: “We are very proud to be able to carry out such a promising and market-leading project in the hydrogen sector. With Hydrogenics, we are building on a supplier who can deliver reliable electrolyzer technology for this major project.”
The electrolysis system and hydrogen generator will be powered using excess energy produced by a nearby incinerator. Once the system is fully installed in 2019, it will produce over 400 kilograms of hydrogen per day, fulfilling the daily fuel needs of more than 10 fuel cell buses.
Founded in Mississauga, Canada, in 1995, Hydrogenics advocates a worldwide “power shift” towards alternative energy. It has manufacturing plants in Germany, Belgium and Canada; and service centres in the USA, Canada, Russia and across Europe.