Cummins has opened its Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain Integration Center in West Sacramento, California, signaling its commitment to scaling the green hydrogen economy in the United States. As the newest tenant in the California Fuel Cell Partnership building, Cummins will continue its work to make zero-emissions fleets a reality for customers with its PEM fuel cell technology.
“With the most advanced hydrogen infrastructure system in the country – said Amy Davis, Vice President and President of New Power at Cummins – California provides a great ecosystem for advancing alternative power technologies. Ultimately, our goal is to accelerate change in transportation, innovate for our customers and put more zero-emissions vehicles on the road. This facility will help us do exactly that.”
Cummins is investing in two types of hydrogen fuel cells: proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). At the West Sacramento facility, the focus is PEM fuel cells, which are considered a good solution for high-power transportation applications, like heavy-duty, long-haul trucks. When the hydrogen used to fuel a fuel cell vehicle is green, meaning it is produced using renewable electricity, the result is zero-carbon transportation.
The new 18,000 square feet Cummins site is designed specifically for hydrogen innovation, including safety features, and will house fuel cell integration and fuel cell powertrain development and testing, controls and electrical engineering.