Together with OPAL Fuels LLC, a leading provider of renewable natural gas and renewable fueling infrastructure for truck fleets, Nikola wants to tackle the development, construction and operation of hydrogen fueling stations in North America. Furthermore, one wants to integrate the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in hydrogen production. Together, the two companies have agreed to tackle the development and commercialization of hydrogen fueling stations to accelerate the introduction of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) for heavy-duty vehicles.
OPAL Fuels LLC has the relevant experience in setting up the necessary filling station infrastructure. To date, the company has built more than 350 RNG fueling station projects and has maintained successful relationships with truck fleets across the continent for over 15 years. Pablo Koziner, President of Nikola Energy and Commercial, classifies the cooperation as follows: “Due to their experience in the construction and operation of filling stations, this alliance with OPAL Fuels offers excellent synergy potential. Today’s day marks another important step in Nikolas explained energy infrastructure plans and its focus on providing hydrogen fragment services for customers.”
The initial focus of the collaboration is on developing the infrastructure needed to more safely and reliably serve the needs of large private fleets using their own “behind the fence” fueling infrastructure. Nikola and OPAL Fuels will also identify and evaluate opportunities to set up publicly accessible hydrogen fueling stations.
In addition, as the two parties indicate, OPAL Fuels will leverage OPAL Fuels’ growing RNG offering to cost-effectively reduce the carbon intensity of the hydrogen supplied by Nikola at the forecourt, thereby meeting the sustainability goals of customers making the transition to zero-emission vehicles start. Adam Comora, Co-CEO of Opal Fuels, gives you to understand: “coupled with RNG as a fuel source to reduce the carbon intensity of hydrogen, we see a very strong combination for the future.”
As part of their MOU, Nikola and OPAL Fuels intend to initiate beta projects with select customers to drive engagement and accelerate development. The parties also intend to develop best practices and standards for the design of hydrogen refueling stations and protocols that will enable a safer, more reliable, more scalable and more cost-effective solution for the transportation market.
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2 thoughts on “Nikola and Opal Fuels: Development and construction of hydrogen tank stations”
What is “renewable natural gas”??
Developing these technologies may be right. But using them only makes sense if there is enough renewable energy that we can afford to convert it back and forth with enormous losses.
As long as we do not have 100% energy supply with renewable energy – and thus not only the electricity but the total energy consumption is meant, currently only 10-15% of total energy consumption in Germany come from renewable sources, should continue to be researched on the efficiency of such systems and apart from a nationwide roll out.