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August 24, 2018 3:15 PM, EDT

Nel Expands Plant to Make Electrolyzers for Nikola

Nel ASA has begun construction of what it says is the world’s largest electrolyzer manufacturing plant, fully automated and able to deliver electrolyzers at a game-changing cost.

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An electrolyzer separates water into hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis.

The expansion was spurred by Phoenix-based Nikola Motor Co. awarding a contract to Nel Hydrogen for 448 electrolyzers and associated fueling equipment, as Nikola prepares to roll out an initial fueling network in the United States of 30 stations to support commercial and passenger vehicles operating on hydrogen fuel cells.

Nel will deliver up to 1,000 megawatts of electrolysis plus fueling equipment.

The plant will be an extension of Nel’s current facility in Notodden, Norway. It will have about ten times the current production capacity at the site, according to the Oslo, Norway-based company.

“We want to change the world and make renewable hydrogen mainstream. As a market leader, Nel is stepping up to make available technology that can outcompete fossil alternatives. This will be the world’s largest electrolyzer manufacturing plant, fully automated and designed according to lean manufacturing principles,” Nel CEO Jon André Løkke said in a release.