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Plug delivers portable liquid hydrogen refuellers to customers

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Global Hydrogen Review,

Plug Power Inc. has delivered several first-of-its-kind liquid hydrogen portable refuellers to transit agencies and trucking fleet customers.

Plug’s HL-450D-P is a complete hydrogen refuelling station on a portable platform that can be quickly and easily deployed to support fleet vehicle hydrogen refuelling at either 350 bar or 700 bar, with minimal site preparation and needing only a single electrical connection.

The product was designed to reduce infrastructure costs and deployment time for medium-duty and heavy-duty hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. Customers for this solution include fleet vehicle operators looking to decarbonise operations, such as mass transit agencies that operate buses, trains, ferries and more, as well as logistics companies and retail distributors.

“Our portable refueller product is a prime example of Plug’s innovation driving cost-effective adoption of hydrogen in hard-to-abate sectors like transportation,” said Andy Marsh, Plug CEO. “With minimal upfront costs, mass transit authorities, logistics companies, and retailers can now quickly pop up low-carbon hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to support their fleets.”

Plug’s portable refueller is ideal for initial fleet deployments that require a high performance fuelling solution at small scale, and delays the need for construction of a permanent fuelling station. This quick-to-deploy and reduced cost solution demonstrates the benefit of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) compared to battery electric vehicles (BEV) for commercial fleets. Adopting hydrogen-powered FCEVs can result in up to a 25% increase in payload capacity and cut refuelling time by up to 98% over BEVs.

The product includes a 1500 kg cryogenic liquid storage tank, pumping and vaporisation system, and a J2601 compliant dispenser that allows for fuelling directly into a FCEV. It also includes onboard telemetry for remote monitoring, ensuring excellent service is maintained. This solution is also easy to re-deploy, eliminating capital risk of trial projects.

The innovation was made possible through Plug’s acquisition of ACT in November 2021, and is manufactured at the manufacturing facility in Houston, TX. The portable fueler has undergone comprehensive process safety analysis and safe operation is guaranteed by factory quality control.

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