Plug partners with Avina to decarbonise commercial trucking

Plug Power Inc. (Plug), a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, will deliver containerised proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser systems to Avina Clean Hydrogen Inc. for a green hydrogen production facility that will serve the commercial mobility sector in southern California.

Plug’s electrolysers will support the first hydrogen production facility for heavy-duty trucks in Southern California. Plug has a right of first refusal to supply electrolysers for Avina’s next hydrogen production facility.

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

Each of Plug’s electrolyser 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 electrolyser is the largest available outdoor solution with the smallest footprint in the market, making it easier and more affordable to install than other solutions.

“Plug and Avina’s shared commitment to offset carbon emissions in hard-to-decarbonise sectors by deploying innovative green hydrogen solutions at scale makes this partnership a perfect match,” said Sanjay Shrestha, CSO and general manager of energy business for Plug.

“Driven by our leading electrolyser 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 electrolysers will be built using stacks manufactured at Plug’s state-of-the-art gigafactory in Rochester, NY, the world’s first and largest PEM fuel cell and electrolyser manufacturing gigafactory. 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, founder and CEO, Avina Clean Hydrogen Inc. “By leveraging Plug Power’s proven, highly efficient, containerised PEM electrolyser units, Avina is well-positioned to provide a reliable source of green hydrogen to commercial mobility and other markets in California.”