Hexagon Purus opens H2 cylinder factory in Germany
The Norwegian company Hexagon Purus has opened its new production centre for hydrogen cylinders in Kassel in the centre of Germany. The new facility is designed for the production of more than 40,000 Type 4 cylinders, which can be used in fuel cell vehicles, among other things. According to the company, production at the new site can be expanded if necessary – the maximum possible capacity is not precisely quantified.
With the opening of the new production centre, Hexagon Purus is moving its current production of hydrogen cylinders from its former location in Kassel, which it shared with Hexagon Composites. The new 83,000-square-metre facility is expected to employ up to 300 skilled workers.
The greenfield plant in Kassel should play an important role in the expected growth in Europe. With the current expansion stage, production capacity has been significantly increased compared to the old location. No further construction work will be necessary for the possible expansion, as additional production lines can already be set up on the current footprint. However, as mentioned, the company does not specify the number of lines.
For Hexagon Purus, this is the third new production facility this year, following the Type 4 hydrogen cylinder plant in Westminster in the US state of Maryland in January and the battery systems plant in Kelowna, Canada, in April.
“This will play a central role in further developing Hexagon Purus as a world-class manufacturer of safe and reliable hydrogen cylinders,” says Michael Kleschinski, EVP at Hexagon Purus. “With this facility, we have the necessary capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for our hydrogen infrastructure and mobility applications.”