Cummins Inc. will expand PEM electrolyser manufacturing capacity at its Oevel, Belgium, factory to 1 GW with the support of the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) Hy2Tech program.
IPCEI – recently approved by the European Commission, with funding granted by Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship Agency (VLAIO) – will help Cummins develop a new generation of PEM electrolyser cell stacks to power large-scale hydrogen production systems.
Cummins will continue to drive the green hydrogen economy in Europe and globally by scaling manufacturing capacity, supporting new infrastructure projects and advancing government decarbonisation goals.
The expansion in Belgium adds to Cummins’ already scaling global electrolyser manufacturing footprint. The company has added capacity at its Mississauga, Canada, facility and is building two new electrolyser factories in Spain and China, each starting at 500MW of manufacturing capacity and scalable to 1GW.
IPCEI Hy2Tech includes 41 projects from 35 companies in 15 European countries.
“Innovation is key in this fast-growing market, and Europe has the unique opportunity to become the technology, design and production hub for hydrogen generation equipment,” said
Alexey Ustinov, Vice President of Electrolyzers at Cummins, said, “This funding from IPCEI is important for the entire hydrogen value chain and proves that Cummins is on the right track to drive the hydrogen economy forward. Continuously accelerating R&D capabilities and increasing our manufacturing capacity will help us respond to growing market demand in Europe and globally.”
Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the internal market, said, “With this IPCEI, we see EU hydrogen production moving ‘from lab to fab,’ and our industry turning technological mastery into commercial leadership. And of course, we are not only supporting hydrogen through funding.”