North Carolina-based OneH2 has completed the construction of the first stage of a fully dedicated hydrogen fuel plant.

The plant is designed to provide deliveries of ready to use bulk hydrogen gas to the industrial truck and heavy-duty vehicle markets.

Primarily servicing today’s hydrogen powered forklift fleets, the stage one project based in Longview, NC, will provide zero emission fuel to roughly 1,000 industrial trucks throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia.

OneH2 expects that with completion of stages two and three, the facility will also service the burgeoning hydrogen powered semi-tractor market, particularly for trucks conducting linehaul runs between Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville.

Fully complete, OneH2’s investment in the Longview hub will approach $16m in hydrogen production capital.

OneH2’s business is based on a fuel production hub and spoke model where central ‘production hubs’ produce low cost ready to use hydrogen fuel which is then transported by trailer to refuelling locations at industrial centres such as factories, port precincts and warehouses.

President and CEO, Paul Dawson says he has no doubt that hydrogen fuel is the future of zero emission renewable energy in the heavy truck market, and in time makes sense for larger passenger vehicles and SUV’s.

“It has the refuel-and-go convenience of gasoline or diesel with the efficiency and environmental benefits on an electric vehicle. With line of sight on price parity with conventional motor fuel, we believe that it won’t be long before the heavy truck market tips in favour of hydrogen,” said Dawson.

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