The Hydrogenics Corporation, developers of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, will be supplying a new hydrogen fueling station in southern Germany with one of its HySTAT electrolyzers, a powerful hydrogen generation system. The unit will arrive at the station at the end of this year and will be fully operational, along with the fueling station, next year. Hydrogenics, along with several other hydrogen-centric companies in the world, are pushing to establish a hydrogen infrastructure that will support the incoming wave of fuel cell vehicles.
He HySTAT is capable of producing more than 130 kilograms of hydrogen daily. The model that is being sent to Germany will make use of wind power to facilitate hydrogen production. Germany is currently undergoing an initiative of constructing a fully carbon-free energy chain that will help the nation move away from oil and focus more on alternative energies.
The transportation industry is poised to take advantage of hydrogen fuel, but the lack of a decent infrastructure will severely limit its commercial acceptance. With several major car manufacturers, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, releasing hydrogen powered vehicles into the market beginning in 2014, the need for an infrastructure has never been more apparent. Companies like Hydrogenics will play a pivotal role in the establishment of an infrastructure and may solidify the future of fuel cells in the transportation industry.