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pHYnix contracts Cummins for 10MW electrolyzer

  • It will have a production capacity that will progressively reach 4.3 tons of hydrogen per day. The plant located in Alcázar de San Juan has just laid its first stone and is expected to come into operation at the beginning of 2024.
  • Vitale is one of the first European renewable hydrogen production plants and the first in Spain to have different uses on a commercial scale: direct supply to local industrial customers, transport and mobility through distribution to hydrogen filling stations, known as HRS, and finally, injection into the gas network or blending.

pHYnix, an independent producer of renewable hydrogen, has selected Cummins to supply the proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer system for its future centralized hydrogen plant, Vitale. The system consists of a transformer, a rectifier, a purification system and two Cummins HyLYZER-1000® designed for 5MW each. This electrolyzer technology is
designed for large-scale interconnectivity and is currently successfully operating in Canada.

The electrolyzer that will be supplied by Cummins will have a production capacity of 4.3 tons of hydrogen per day at the Vitale plant in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real). The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the end of 2023, which will guarantee the commissioning of the plant at the beginning of 2024. This project complements the initiative being developed by Cummins in Guadalajara (Spain), where it has announced an electrolyzer production plant and has already laid the first stone.

pHYnix President Jean-Pierre Riche said: "Cummins is a proven partner in electrolyzer manufacturing that will ensure pHYnix supplies the heart of our Vitale plant. We are getting closer and closer to producing the renewable hydrogen needed for the hardest-to-decarbonise markets: industry and transport, and meeting Europe's ambitious sustainability targets

Cummins Vice President of Electrolyzers, Alexei Ustinov, was also pleased to have a company like pHYnix among his customers. "The clean energy market continues to thrive and we are delighted to partner with pHYnix to expand the green hydrogen economy in Spain and Europe. Cummins' PEM electrolyzer technology can meet the growing demand for hydrogen generation and has the ability to expand production as we move toward a more sustainable future.

We are proud to be at the forefront of providing zero-emission options for innovative companies like pHYnix and look forward to working together as the clean energy transition continues across Europe."

Vitale will be one of the first renewable hydrogen production plants in Europe and the first in Spain on a commercial scale with different uses. The sale of renewable gas will be destined on the one hand, to the local industry thanks to the direct supply, on the other to the logistics and heavy transport sectors, as well as to urban and interurban transport in the Community of Madrid distributing to hydrogen service stations known
as HRS (Hydrogen Refuelling Station). Of particular note is the use of a percentage of production for injection into the gas network for export purposes to the European market (gas blending ).

Vitale will begin construction at the end of 2022 and will produce 1,450 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year from 2024. Thanks to this, pHYnix will see its objectives of distributing green hydrogen in Spain fulfilled and contributing to the decarbonization of the most critical sectors: industry and transport.

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