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Cummins starts up H2 fuel-cell manufacturing site in Germany

| By Mary Bailey

Cummins Inc. (Indianapolis, Ind.) announced that its new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Production Center in Herten, Germany, is in operation, further driving its alternative power scale-up and enabling accelerated adoption of hydrogen technologies across Europe. The facility has an initial production capacity of 10 MW per year for fuel cell system engineering and assembly.

This new location adds to Cummins’ existing alternative power sites in the U.K., Belgium and Germany – enhancing critical support for European customers and strengthening its role as a global technology leader.

Production at the facility will initially focus on delivering PEM fuel cell systems for global transportation leader Alstom’s Coradia iLint trains – the first passenger trains in the world powered by hydrogen fuel cells. These hydrogen trains are already in pilot operation across Europe, including in Austria, Poland, the Netherlands and France.

“Europe is an important region for the global hydrogen economy, with many governments adopting hydrogen strategies and incentivizing decarbonization of transportation and other industries,” said Amy Adams, Vice President of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins. “Hydrogen fuel cells are an essential piece of a net-zero future, and key to bringing hydrogen technologies down the cost curve is increasing their availability. We continue to expand our footprint in Europe to put more fuel cells in the field and help customers make the transition to zero-emissions.”

The 14,100 sq. ft. (4,300 sq. m.) fuel cell facility is located in a dedicated hydrogen park in Herten. It is equipped with on-site hydrogen storage, a state-of-the-art hydrogen detection system and safety features. Future plans for the site include expansion into fuel cell stack refurbishment, with additional testing stations to supplement current capabilities.