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Proton OnSite additional electrolyzer order as part of $22M deal; green hydrogen for fuel cell buses in China

Proton OnSite, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nel ASA, received an order for the fourth M Series, Megawatt scale hydrogen electrolyzers in a thirteen M Series delivery agreement with Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Ltd. (Synergy). (Earlier post.)

The original agreement between Proton OnSite and Synergy for 13 PEM megawatt systems, and naming Proton as the exclusive supplier of electrolyzers to Synergy, has a total value including installation and associated services of just over US$22 million. Installations and commissioning of the remaining units are planned for Q4, 2017 and through CY 2018.

This continues to show the strong partnership for our hydrogen electrolyzers for FCEV bus fueling with Synergy and the Yunfu government in the Guangdong Province of China. We are well poised to support the hydrogen needs for the rapidly growing commitments being made in China for heavy duty fuel cell trucks and busses while working on also supplying our complete hydrogen refueling solutions to the Chinese market.

—David Bow, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing



How do they compare (capacity wise) with the single electrolyser (900 Kg/day) unit + 2 H2 distribution stations recently sold to California?


From the prior post:

"Proton’s megawatt-scale M Series electrolyzers (M200 and M400) can accept one and two megawatts (MWs) of power and produce up to 400 Nm3/hr, 864 kg hydrogen per 24 hours (M400)."

At $22M for the 13 sites, this is a WHOLE lot less $$ than the single 900kg/day California facility for $8.3M.



The 1MW should be 864/2 = 432kg hydrogen

Times 13 = 5616kg hydrogen per day


Does this mean that clean affordable H2 can already be produced at much lower cost with Proton's M Series electrolyzers and/or others?

If so, mass produced smaller/larger distributed electrolysers could be installed at smaller/larger H2 stations to service the growing number of various size FCEVs?


Lowest cost is steam reforming of methane.

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