The city of San Bernardino and Hydrogenics Corporation have entered into a strategic partnership to build North America’s largest 100% renewable hydrogen plant in Palm Springs, California.

The 2.5 MW zero impact production (ZIP) hydrogen facility will use Hydrogenics’ proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers to convert wind and solar energy into renewable hydrogen (H).

Construction is set to begin in 2017, and the first phase will produce 1,000kg of H per day, allowing StratosFuel to distribute enough renewable H to refuel hundreds of fuel cell electric vehicles in southern California.

“Building a H production plant that utilises wind and solar represents a paradigm shift to a cleaner and more sustainable fuel source for transportation and industrial sectors. In order to make H a mainstream fuel, we need to produce renewable H in large quantities, and StratosFuel is doing just that,” stated Jonathan Palacios-Avila, CEO at StratosFuel Inc.

“We are very pleased to enter into this strategic partnership with StratosFuel to develop this megawatt- scale plant opportunity, which, when fully realised, will be the largest of its kind in North America,” added Daryl Wilson President & CEO at Hydrogenics. “Our expertise in PEM technology gives us the ability to bring the world’s most power-dense electrolyser to the US market for 100% clean renewable H production.”

Last month, Hydrogenics installed a 1MW electrolyser in an industrial scale renewable energy storage project. The facility is the largest of its kind in Germany and has the capacity to store up to 27 MW of energy as H.

”Our expertise in PEM technology gives us the ability to bring the world’s most power-dense electrolyser to the US market for 100% clean renewable H production”

Daryl Wilson President & CEO at Hydrogenics