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Global power leader Cummins is partnering with a Spanish energy company to build one of the world’s largest electrolyzer plants for production of green hydrogen, a promising low-carbon fuel that could play a major role in addressing climate change.
The Indiana-based company will partner with Iberdola to build a facility in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, that will use Cummins’ electrolyzer technology to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
The announcement this week in Spain was attended by leaders of both companies and various local, regional and government officials. It comes on the heels of Iberdrola and Cummins’ decision to partner on large-scale hydrogen production projects in Spain and Portugal.
The companies have signed an agreement to accelerate the growth of business opportunities in the electrolyzer market of Iberia, promoting the green hydrogen value chain and making Spain a leader in this technology and industry. The alliance helps position Cummins as a leading supplier of electrolyzer systems for large-scale projects and Iberdrola as a leading developer of electrolyzer projects.
“Spain offers a strong and dynamic local environment for hydrogen production, and we are excited to invest here and significantly increase our manufacturing capacity in Europe,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins. “Our partnership with Iberdrola will connect us with a major clean energy company and strategically positions us to be a European leader in green hydrogen production.”
Ignacio Galán, Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola, cited the partnership’s high growth potential.
“We continue to make progress in our ambitious plan to put Spain and Europe at the global forefront of this technology by reducing energy dependence and fossil fuel consumption while driving the country's economic and social revitalization,” he said.
The search for a site is underway for Cummins’ new €50-million PEM electrolyzer plant that will house system assembly and testing for approximately 500 MW/year and will be scalable to more than 1 GW/year. The facility, which will initially be 22,000 square meters, is anticipated to open in 2023, creating 350 new jobs as production ramps up.
Cummins is rapidly growing its capabilities to provide hydrogen technologies at scale, which is critical to the world’s green energy transition through the hydrogen economy. Cummins has deployed more than 600 electrolyzers in 100 countries globally.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains and powertrain-related components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 61,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity.
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