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Plug teams with Avina to ‘decarbonize’ trucking

June 26, 2023
Deal supports first green hydrogen production facility for heavy-duty trucks in Southern California

Plug Power plans to deliver containerized proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer systems to Avina Clean Hydrogen for a green hydrogen production facility that will serve the commercial mobility sector in Southern California.

Plug’s electrolyzers will support the first hydrogen production facility for heavy-duty trucks in the state. Plug also has a right of first refusal to supply electrolyzers for Avina’s next hydrogen production facility, the companies said.

To help California reach its climate goals of slashing greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2045, Avina will work with fleet operators and refueling station providers to provide green hydrogen supplied by Plug’s electrolyzers.

Each of Plug’s electrolyzer units will enable Avina to produce up to two metric tons per day (TPD) of green hydrogen, or 730 metric tons annually. Plug’s 5 MW turnkey electrolyzer is the largest available outdoor solution with the smallest footprint in the market, making it easier and more affordable to install than other solutions.

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“Plug and Avina’s shared commitment to offset carbon emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors by deploying innovative green hydrogen solutions at scale makes this partnership a perfect match,” Sanjay Shrestha, CSO and general manager of energy business for Plug, said in a news release. “Driven by our leading electrolyzer technology and unrivaled manufacturing capabilities, we look forward to working with such an agile partner like Avina to rapidly accelerate the clean energy transition in Southern California, a trend-setting market for alternative energies.”

The electrolyzers will be built using stacks manufactured at Plug’s state-of-the-art gigafactory in Rochester, New York, the world’s first and largest PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer manufacturing gigafactory, Plug said.

Delivery of the systems is expected in Q2 2024, and the production facility is anticipated to be fully operational in mid-2024.

“Avina is excited to work with Plug on this first-of-its-kind green hydrogen project in Southern California, setting the foundation for a long-term partnership,” said Vishal Shah, Avina founder and CEO. “By leveraging Plug Power’s proven, highly efficient, containerized PEM electrolyzer units, Avina is well positioned to provide a reliable source of green hydrogen to commercial mobility and other markets in California.”