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Hydrogenics, Rosetti Marino to commercialize utility-scale hydrogen fuel cell power plants

The Canadian fuel cell and electrolyzer manufacturer Hydrogenics Corporation has announced a strategic development agreement with Italian-based Rosetti Marino SpA to jointly design, develop and commercialize utility-scale hydrogen fuel cell power plants for peak shaving and energy management.

The hydrogen fuel cell power plants will incorporate Hydrogenics electrolyzer and PEM fuel cell systems for turnkey applications that produce hydrogen for energy storage and electricity generation. Rosetti Marino – an established provider of engineering and construction services and technology for the oil & gas industry – will provide expertise in large-scale gas compression, storage, and facility design.

The complete hydrogen fuel cell systems are planned to provide for renewable energy, peak shaving, grid optimization and ancillary services. Other potential applications include large-scale hydrogen fueling, and hydrogen production for industrial uses beyond fuel cell systems.

‘We firmly believe that hydrogen can provide energy storage solutions with greater versatility and economic benefit than compressed air storage and pumped hydro systems,’ says Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics.

Wilson continues: ‘While already focused on the market for hydrogen-based energy coupled with renewable power, Hydrogenics will accelerate its presence in the field by partnering with a large, well respected company such as Rosetti Marino. Hydrogen remains the key to sustainable energy storage going forward – particularly in regions with grids stressed by unreliable, intermittent power.’

‘Rosetti Marino believes that the combination of Hydrogenics technology and product platform with our experience in large-scale gas plants and storage facilities creates a clear path towards the commercialization of hydrogen energy storage systems in the GWh range,’ adds Gianfranco Magnani, President of Rosetti Marino Group.

‘These systems will help expand the market for renewable energy, and serve to catalyze the transformation and optimization of the next generation of electrical infrastructure,’ continues Magnani.

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