Bosch investing $200 million in South Carolina Fuel Cell plant

Sept. 2, 2022
The fuel stacks produced at this facility will be used in hydrogen-powered trucks that will run on U.S. roads soon. The fuel cell operates by using hydrogen and as hydrogen ions pass over the fuel cell plates they combine with oxygen to create electricity

Bosch is investing more than $200 million for the expansion of its facility in Anderson, South Carolina to support fuel cell technology production.

Work has already begun at the facility and production is expected to start in 2026.

The fuel stacks produced at this facility will be used in hydrogen-powered trucks that will run on U.S. roads soon. The fuel cell operates by using hydrogen and as hydrogen ions pass over the fuel cell plates they combine with oxygen to create electricity.

The only by-product of the process is water.

The use of green hydrogen means the fuel cells can operate nearly CO2-free. Hydrogen does not emit carbon dioxide, but to be considered green it must be created through electrolysis powered by clean energy resources.

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“The hydrogen economy holds great promise and at Bosch we are all in,” said Mike Mansuetti, President of Bosch in North America. “This is a significant milestone as we announce the first fuel-cell related production for Bosch in the U.S. to support the growing demand from our local customers as part of a diverse approach to powertrain technology.”

The project has received assistance from the State of South Carolina and Anderson County.

“Fuel cells have been a promising technology for many years, and it is fitting that this technology is coming to South Carolina where our manufacturing strength has helped many companies bring new innovations to the market,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “Congratulations to Bosch for another successful expansion in Anderson County!”