Accelerating the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure and fuelling

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 16, 2021

Nikola Corporation, Iveco and European gas transmission operator OGE have entered into a letter of intent for a collaboration to establish a business structure for transporting hydrogen via pipeline network, from production sources to hydrogen fuelling stations, in support of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The collaboration is being launched with the intent to further define and formalise the roles and responsibilities of the parties and the required collaboration governance to enable execution of objectives to be stated in definitive agreements.

The primary focus of this collaboration is to further develop hydrogen fuelling solutions in Germany in support of the European commercial transportation system, and to work with industry partners to install safe, reliable and cost-effective storage and fuelling locations for FCEVs.

“Nikola is committed to delivering and advancing industry-leading hydrogen production, distribution and supply,” said Nikola’s president of energy and commercial, Pablo Koziner. “We believe this collaboration, in particular, presents a very compelling long-term fuelling distribution solution that we expect to advance industry and overall market adoption of FCEV technologies.”

“The ecosystem of transport will transform and current business models along the value chain will change with the introduction of hydrogen and battery-powered heavy-duty trucks,” said Gerrit Marx, president commercial & specialty vehicles, CNH Industrial. “Our collaboration is a great first step in starting up a growing platform of partnerships to make this a reality here in Europe, which requires entrepreneurial and non-linear thinking across fossil industrial structures.”

“OGE is committed to establishing a pipeline infrastructure to transport hydrogen from production s  ources to critical exit points of distribution,” said Dr. Thomas Hu¨wener, OGE‘s chief technical officer. “We are proud to play an essential role in enabling fuelling station development through our network capabilities and in working towards decarbonising the economy.”