Hyzon Motors Inc (supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles) is going to build the US largest fuel cell facility. The company unveiled its plan today (1st March) about building the largest fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA) production line for commercial vehicles in the US.
The new production facility will be developed at its new Hyzon Innovation Center located in Bolingbrook, Illinois. It would produce enough MEAs for around 12,000 hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks annually, which is likely to be expanded at a later stage. The fuel cell production will start in Q4 this year.
Besides its innovation centre, it has two facilities in Rochester, New York. One is the fuel cell testing facility; while the other one is a fuel cell engine production facility, vehicle integration centre, and the US HQ.
Hyzon said that MEA is the crucial part of the fuel cell and responsible for around 70% of a fuel cell stack cost. Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and China are currently producing MEA at a commercial scale while being produced at a smaller scale in the US.
George Gu, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyzon, said, “The new Hyzon Innovation Center is essential to our strategy to expand the US hydrogen supply chain, reduce fuel cell costs for commercialisation, and create local jobs.”
Craig Knight, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Hyzon, said that the company see a substantial uptake in Europe already and anticipate North America will soon follow suit on this decarbonisation journey for heavy transport.