One month ago Houston-based Trillium, a leading provider of renewable fuels and alternative energy solutions for fleets around the U.S., completed the construction of a hydrogen station in Santa Ana, California, powering zero-emission fuel cell electric buses. It is the largest hydrogen transit refueling station in North America.
The hydrogen station will fill up a transit bus in six to 10 minutes, similar to diesel or CNG bus filling rates, making this the only zero-emission fuel choice that allows fleets to operate as usual. Currently 10 buses are equipped for hydrogen, but the station allows the fleet to grow to 50 with only minimal additional capital costs.
Now, Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Norwegian Nel ASA, has received a purchase order for a 1 megawatt containerized Proton PEM® electrolyzer from Trillium Transportation Fuels, LLC (Trillium). The electrolyser will be used to produce hydrogen for a fleet of fuel cell electric buses in Urbana, Illinois, USA.
“We’re proud to have received a purchase order for a megawatt scale containerized Proton PEM® electrolyser which will be used to produce green hydrogen for a fleet of up to 12 fuel cell electric buses at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) in Urbana, Illinois. Trillium is a true leader in providing alternative fuel solutions for transit fleets, and MTD is an exciting innovator in the public transportation sector, and we are honored to work with both on this project,” says Steve Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Nel Hydrogen US.
The contract for equipment and associated services has a value of approximately USD 2.2 million, and the electrolyser will be delivered late 2020. The project is supported by the Federal Transit Administration and the State of Illinois.