Cummins offshoot starts H2 Electrolyzer Manufacturing at Minnesota plant

May 23, 2023
The facility will manufacture the HyLYZER proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer product line, consisting of the HyLYZER-5000, HyLYZER-500 and HyLYZER-1000 models, catering to power needs ranging from 1.25 MW to over 200 MW
Accelera by Cummins, the decarbonization business of U.S.-based power technology firm Cummins, started electrolyzer production at its first site in the U.S. in Fridley, Minnesota.

The company says it has initially allocated 89,000 square feet of the existing Cummins facility in Fridley for electrolyzer production and plans to add 100 new jobs by 2024. The facility will manufacture the HyLYZER proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer product line, consisting of the HyLYZER-5000, HyLYZER-500 and HyLYZER-1000 models, catering to power needs ranging from 1.25 MW to over 200 MW for small- and large-scale hydrogen generation projects.

The facility will have a production capacity of 500 MW per year, with plans to scale up to 1 GW in the future, Accelera said. Electrolyzers generate hydrogen by splitting the gas element from water.

“Large-scale electrolysis to produce green hydrogen is a key piece in the decarbonization of transportation and industry,” said Amy Davis, President of Accelera. “The electrolyzer production capacity we are adding in Fridley will help us scale zero-emissions technologies in North America to meet customer demand and advance adoption.”

The company revealed that it has received committed orders for nearly 300 MW of electrolyzer projects in North America since the passage of the U.S. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. These projects, set to be commissioned by the end of 2026, are expected to produce a total of about 150 tons of hydrogen per day.

In addition to electrolyzers for hydrogen production, Accelera’s portfolio encompasses hydrogen-powered fuel cells, battery systems, and electrified systems that enable the decarbonization of diverse applications, including heavy-duty trucks, buses, and trains.

Worldwide, Cummins also is accelerating its move toward lower and zero emissions technologies. Last month, it signed a deal in India with longtime partner Tata Motors focused on H2-powered fuel cells, engines and battery-electric drivetrains.