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Plug Power, a provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, and Nikola Corporation, a developer of zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions, have entered a strategic relationship focused on moving the hydrogen economy forward.

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The Nikola Tre FCEV delivers 536 hp continuous, has a range of up to 500 miles, and can refuel in 20 minutes. Availability is expected to be 2H 2023.

  • Plug and Nikola executed a Green Hydrogen Supply Agreement. Plug will be supplying green hydrogen to Nikola starting 1 January 2023, with volumes ramping up to 125 tons per day (TPD) as Plug’s green hydrogen production network continues to come online. The agreement anticipates 125 TPD volume by the end of 2026, with 80% under a take-or-pay contract.

  • Nikola has awarded Plug the contract to provide one 30 TPD hydrogen liquefaction system for Nikola’s recently announced Arizona hydrogen hub. The Plug-designed, -engineered and -manufactured liquefaction system is for the first phase of Nikola’s Arizona hydrogen hub, with a potential to scale up to 150 TPD. Nikola plans to provide access of up to 300 TPD of hydrogen supply and up to 60 hydrogen dispensing stations by 2026.

    Nikola’s Arizona hub is currently going through the permitting and rezoning process, and procurement of long-lead equipment is underway. Plug’s hydrogen liquefaction system has one of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective designs on the market, utilizing hydrogen as the refrigerant in the main liquefaction cycle.

  • As part of Plug’s commitment to advancing the decarbonization of energy, up to 75 Nikola Tre Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEVs) will be purchased over the next three years to bring green hydrogen to Plug customers in North America, with the first trucks being delivered in 2023. This initiative underscores Plug’s commitment to decarbonize the hydrogen ecosystem by driving down Plug’s current scope 1 emissions by as much as 50%, while decarbonizing the hydrogen supply chain for its customers.


The acquired FCEVs will be paired with Plug’s liquid hydrogen tankers. The Plug hydrogen tanker is the largest and lightest trailer ever manufactured, increasing over-the-road payloads.



Liquefaction takes up 1/3 of the energy available in the hydrogen.


that figure seems too high. I have found this number: 4-10 kwh/kg h2.
That would be 1/10 to 1/4.

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