Norwegian hydrogen storage specialist Hexagon Purus has signed a long-term agreement with a European bus manufacturer to supply hydrogen tanks for the customer’s next generation of 12- and 18-metre fuel cell buses.
Hexagon Purus does not name the OEM. However, the Norwegians specify that it is an existing customer and that the supply contract has exclusive status. The hydrogen tanks destined for the bus manufacturer will be manufactured in the Hexagon Purus plant at its German subsidiary in Kassel. The deliveries are scheduled for the period from 2021 to 2024. The Norwegian company puts the value of the order at around 30 million euros, whereby this sum already includes some deliveries made in the current year.
Specifically, storage systems are to be the subject of the contract, which will include the lightweight Type 4 cylinder from Hexagon Purus, which, according to the manufacturer, “enables a range of 350 kilometres”. Michael Kleschinski, Executive Vice President of Hexagon Purus, welcomes the fact that “more and more countries are keeping an eye on hydrogen technology, which is an excellent, environmentally friendly solution for decarbonising public transport”. As more and more European countries and cities announce strategic measures to promote decarbonisation in the mobility sector, more and more commercial vehicles – especially city buses – are rapidly converting, he said.
Meanwhile, the hint that the current client is said to be a “long-standing customer” narrows down the round of potential names. In 2019, Kleschinski named “Daimler, MAN, New Flyer and others” as notable clients in the commercial vehicle sector.
Incidentally, just a few weeks ago Hexagon Purus drew attention to itself with the announcement that it was taking over Wystrach, a German supplier specialising in high-pressure systems and hydrogen technology. The purchase price is up to 43.3 million euros. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Both sides have long-standing cooperation; among other things, Hexagon Purus has been supplying Wystrach with pressure vessels for various applications since 2008. After the takeover, Wystrach and its plant in Weeze will become the main location for the assembly of hydrogen systems, while Hexagon Purus’ container production will remain at the Kassel site.
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