Hyzon builds membrane for fuel cell stacks soon

Hyzon builds membrane for fuel cell stacks soon-builds

Hyzon Motors, a leading provider of emission-free trucks and buses with hydrogen fuel cell drive, announced plans to build the largest MEA production line (Membrane Electrode Assembly) for commercial vehicles in the United States. The plant called the Hyzon Innovation Center is built in Bolingbrook, Illinois, just outside Chicago. In addition, Hyzon plans as already announced its IPO with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation, a listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). The merger is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021.

The membrane is considered one of the most critical components of a fuel cell and accounts for about 70 percent of the cost of a fuel cell stack. Membrane are currently produced in the commercial scale especially in Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and China, so Hyzon Motors. The MEA production at a smaller scale in the US has been a delivery and cost charm for the production of fuel cell vehicles in the USA.

The Hyzon Innovation Center should produce enough membrane at full capacity to make the need for up to 12.000 to cover hydrogen trucks and buses per year. The plant is expected to start production in the fourth quarter of 2021. Hyzon expects to create up to 50 full-time jobs in this production facility.

“The new Hyzon Innovation Center is crucial to our strategy to expand the US hydrogen supply chain, reducing fuel cell costs for commercialization and creating local jobs. We opted for the Greater Chicago, as there are first-class universities, national laboratories, equipment and suppliers and suppliers and manufacturers and a large talent pool for recruiting highly qualified workers. We look forward to strengthening this unique ecosystem so that we continue to speed up the energy transition and decarbonize the heavy road traffic.”- George Gu, Chairman and co-founder of Hyzon

The Hyzon Innovation Center will also be active in research and development to materials for fuel cells, electrolyzers, solid state batteries, advanced E-drive systems, autonomous driving technologies and technologies for generating green hydrogen, shares Hyzon with.

In addition to the Hyzon Innovation Center outside of Chicago, Hyzon has two facilities in Rochester, New York – a test facility for fuel cells and a US headquarters, production facility for fuel cell engines as well as vehicle integration center. The company already produces commercial vehicles in its work in Groningen, Netherlands, as part of a joint venture with Holthausen Clean Technology B.V.

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