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  March 19th, 2024 | Written by

Nuvera Fuel Cells Selected for Funding by the U.S. DOE for Manufacturing Next-Gen Fuel Cell Stacks

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Nuvera Fuel Cells, a prominent player in fuel cell power solutions, has secured a significant boost with its inclusion in the latest round of funding announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Nuvera has been earmarked for a portion of the $750 million allocated to 52 projects supporting the national clean hydrogen strategy.

The DOE has selected Nuvera’s project, which requests $30 million in federal funds, aimed at developing advanced manufacturing processes for its next-generation fuel cell stack technology. Upon final approval, Nuvera intends to establish high-volume manufacturing capabilities for its innovative fuel cell stacks tailored for heavy-duty vehicle applications.

The proposed automated production system, to be showcased at Nuvera’s headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts, anticipates an impressive capacity of over 2,000 fuel cell stacks per year, with scalability towards the DOE’s ambitious target of 20,000 stacks annually.

Neil Gillen, Nuvera’s chief operations officer, expressed confidence in their ability to deliver cost-effective, scalable solutions crucial for driving fuel cell adoption in the heavy-duty vehicle market. Gus Block, Nuvera’s corporate development director, extended gratitude to the DOE for selecting their project, acknowledging the pivotal role of federal support in making clean hydrogen more accessible and affordable.

With over three decades of expertise in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Nuvera is poised to significantly contribute to the U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap. Leveraging their ninth-generation stack technology, Nuvera aims to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell power systems across various sectors, including vehicle, equipment, maritime, and rail, crucial for decarbonizing challenging transportation segments.

Federal funding not only facilitates faster market entry for Nuvera’s fuel cell stacks but also ensures cost-effectiveness, vital for widespread adoption. Beyond technological prowess, Nuvera actively supports the federal Justice40 initiative, aligning with the goal of directing 40 percent of clean transportation investments towards benefiting disadvantaged communities.

The project underscores Nuvera’s commitment to workforce development, supplier diversity, and community outreach, all pivotal for advancing clean transportation objectives. With this substantial DOE backing, Nuvera is poised to lead the charge in revolutionizing fuel cell manufacturing and advancing clean hydrogen technology towards a sustainable future.