Hydrogenics Corporation has entered into an agreement with Halcyon Power – a joint venture of New Zealand-based Tuaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation of Japan – to supply a carbon-free hydrogen production facility in New Zealand.

The 1.5-megawatt hydrogen production project is scheduled to be in operation by 2020.

The ‘green’ hydrogen will be generated using electricity from stable, cost-effective geothermal energy in Mokai, Taupo, located adjacent to an excising Tuaropaki power plant.

The use of hydrogen in New Zealand shows strong potential to be a critical component for the energy industry, where approximately 80% of domestic power is already generated from renewable energy sources.

The project will allow renewables to be more easily exported in the form of hydrogen to other countries.

“We are very pleased to be supplying products and services to support Halcyon Power as they work towards the development of an emissions-free, hydrogen-based energy sector,” said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics. 

“We continue to see increased worldwide interest in the development of hydrogen fuelling stations and integration of hydrogen into the existing nation energy infrastructure. We applaud companies in New Zealand and Japan for taking steps that help demonstrate the value of hydrogen to supply domestic and foreign markers with renewable power. Demand for hydrogen-based energy solutions continued to grow, and we look forward to a long relationship with Halcyon,” Wilson continued.

The onsite hydrogen production plant will use the company’s large-scale containerised PEM electrolysis technology.

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