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Plug Power Selected to Deliver Refueling System for World’s Largest Hydrogen-Powered Mine Truck

Latham, USA - Plug Power announced that it has been selected to provide a custom refueling system for the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, which is set to begin operation next year.

Plug Power was chosen for the project by ENGIE, a global energy and services leader in energy transition. According to Plug Power, the project has emerged from a global partnership agreement between the two companies that was announced in September of this year.

ENGIE is working with Anglo American, a global mining company, to develop a renewable hydrogen production and refueling solution to support a new hydrogen-powered mine haul vehicle that will be tested at one of its South African platinum mines.

To support the refueling project, Plug Power has been tasked with building a full compression, storage, and dispensing system to service the new hydrogen-powered vehicle. As Plug Power’s points out, the system will be the first of its kind, and the largest refueling system built by the Company to-date, with an expected output of 1,000 kg per day.

“The incredible scope of this project reaffirms not only Plug Power’s commitment to facilitating the global adoption of hydrogen as a clean energy source, but also our position as the world leader in hydrogen refueling,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “Our partnership with ENGIE is opening the door to exciting new opportunities outside of both the U.S., and the material handling market where we have continuously demonstrated our expertise.”

The first fueling of the new hydrogen truck is currently slated for the second half of 2020 and will be followed by a rigorous testing and validation program at a mine in South Africa. Once the program has been successfully completed, additional truck deployments are expected to follow across Anglo American’s other mining operations around the world.



Source: IWR Online, 03 Dec 2019