Cummins Inc. plans to dedicate part of a manufacturing facility near Minneapolis to building electrolyzers, marking the first time the company will produce the hydrogen-generating equipment in the U.S.
The facility in Fridley, Minn., will initially build 500 MW of proton exchange membrane electrolyzers annually, with the ability to increase its capacity and product capabilities, according to an Oct. 10 news release.
"This is a reflection of increasing government support through the Inflation Reduction Act, Hydrogen Hubs and a blossoming hydrogen economy in the states," Alexey Ustinov, vice president of electrolyzers at Cummins, said in a statement.
Electrolyzers use electricity to separate the hydrogen and oxygen molecules in water, producing a gas known as green hydrogen because the process is emissions-free. The federal Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law in August, offers tax credits for facilities that power electrolysis and up to $8 billion to create regional hydrogen hubs.
"The company continues to evaluate new opportunities to grow in North America that will enable us to extend our electrolyzer product range and manufacture next-generation technologies for larger, more demanding applications," Alex Savelli, managing director of electrolyzers for the Americas at Cummins, said in a statement.