Plug Power to build $125m PEM stack and electrolyzer Innovation Center in New York

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jan 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that Plug Power, a hydrogen fuel cell systems provider, will be constructing a new $125m Innovation Center in New York, US.

To be built in the town of Henrietta, Monroe County, the new facility is expected to be the world’s first gigafactory for Proton Exchange Membrane technology.

The new PEM stack and electrolyzer Innovation Center, which has more than one gigawatt of electrical output capacity, will house research and development for MEAs and fuel cell stacks.

The facility will have the capacity to manufacture approximately 7 million MEAs/plates, 60,000 fuel cell stacks, and 500MW of electrolyzers per year.

The fuel cell stacks produced at the Innovation Center will be used in its ProGen hydrogen fuel cell engines, while the electrolyzers are used to generate green hydrogen from renewable power.

The renovation work on the new facility is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of the year and the operations are expected to start in mid-2021.

The project, which is expected to create nearly 380 jobs, will receive $13m in Excelsior Tax Credits from Empire State Development.

Furthermore, Monroe County, Rochester Gas and Electric and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting Plug Power in the project.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said: “This new Innovation Center in Monroe County is a testament to Plug Power’s commitment and success in New York State.

“The investment will create about 380 new jobs in the area and continue to advance the high-tech industry in the Finger Lakes region and across the state.

“New York is proud to support energy companies like Plug Power that are building on our efforts to increase renewable energy and help to build back better, cleaner and greener to strengthen the economy, combat climate change, and create new opportunities.”

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Plug Power to build $125m PEM stack and electrolyzer Innovation Center in New York, US. (Credit: MichaelGaida from Pixabay.)

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