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GenH2 has unveiled the location for its global headquarters as Titusville, Florida, and has revealed that the company will be producing both liquid hydrogen and filling stations by 2023.
The 10-acre campus is set to undergo a $35m renovation and build out, GenH2 confirmed today (Sep 10), and will encompass an advanced research lab, light manufacturing centre, educational and training classrooms for community engagement, an observation deck and outdoor walking trails, in addition to offices and conference rooms for employees. Set to be home to more than 100 employees, the GenH2 campus will also include a hydrogen technology visitor center and gallery, which will be open to the public. Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in early 2022.
Liquid hydrogen has a long legacy within the space industry. GenH2 CEO Cody Bateman has worked for NASA previously. Fittingly, the GenH2 campus is located just miles away from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. “Our foundation and history go back to this area where many of our employees had been contractors or employees at NASA,” said Bateman. “This is an ideal location for us, where we are confident that we can hire the work-force we need, and where we are proud to have the support of the City of Titusville, Brevard County and the State of Florida.” The Titusville global headquarters will join GenH2 facilities in Texas, New Mexico, and other locations around the country, where the company is building a footprint. In total, the company expects to hire 400 new employees in the next two years. “The hydrogen economy is taking off faster than anyone anticipated, and is reaching a ‘tipping point’,” Bateman added. “Aggressive milestones both nationally and globally are pushing growth across the landscape. In order to meet market demands, we intend to be fully operational and producing our liquid hydrogen and filling stations by 2023.”
According to the latest data from the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), 11,187 hydrogen fuel cell cars have been sold and leased in the US, and there are also 48 hydrogen fuel cell buses currently in operation in the Golden State. According to Bateman, part of the slow rollout of these zero-emission vehicles is the lack of hydrogen filling stations.
In California, there are currently 48 stations in operation. The goal of GenH2 is to greatly expand that number and be able to place smaller and more efficient hydrogen stations across the country. But Bateman is looking beyond just the needs of the automobile industry when it comes to using hydrogen power. “The hydrogen economy is here, not only for cars, but for the long-term future for semi-trucks, light rail trains, shipping and hydrogen-powered drones,” he said.
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