American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township to Produce its Own Hydrogen

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BayoTech’s BayoGaaS Hydrogen Hub at ACM’s facility will begin producing low-cost, low-carbon hydrogen for Michigan in 2023. // Courtesy of BayoTech
BayoTech’s BayoGaaS Hydrogen Hub at ACM’s facility will begin producing low-cost, low-carbon hydrogen for Michigan in 2023. // Courtesy of BayoTech

New Mexico hydrogen provider BayoTech Inc. is expanding its distributed network with a BayoGaaS Hydrogen Hub at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township.

The hub is expected to produce 350 tonnes of low-carbon hydrogen per year once operational.

The American Center for Mobility, or ACM, is a 500-acre global center for testing and validation, product development, education, and standards work for future mobility technologies. Demand from global automakers planning to test zero-emission fuel cell vehicles at the site led ACM to seek out a hydrogen fueling solution.

“Hydrogen has a crucial role to play in enabling zero-emission vehicles in key segments of transportation,” says Reuben Sarkar, president and CEO of ACM. “The infrastructure going into ACM will not only support users of our facility but the needs for low-carbon hydrogen in the region.”

With more than 25 years of research and development with hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles, Toyota’s nearby R&D facilities make ACM a viable location for current and future testing. Toyota currently sells the light-duty Mirai passenger vehicle, and it recently completed a proof-of concept-project with 10 heavy-duty fuel cell trucks built in partnership with Kenworth.

“We believe fuel cell electric technology will play a vital role as we work toward a carbon-free future,” says Matt Stich, general manager of Toyota Fuel Cell Solutions. “Additional infrastructure and the ability for companies to test future technologies at places like ACM will only help grow the fuel cell market moving forward.”

Hydrogen produced by BayoTech’s technology will serve the global manufacturers, OEMs, and mobility innovators testing and validating vehicles at ACM’s facility. It also will be delivered via BayoTech’s proprietary high-pressure transport trailers to local customers operating zero-emission fuel cell equipment or hydrogen-intensive industrial processes in and around Michigan. BayoTech’s hydrogen hubs are strategically located close to the customers, so delivery is a short-haul — lowering both emissions and cost.

“Hydrogen is fueling the future of transportation,” says Adam Penque, senior vice president of sales and hydrogen hubs at BayoTech. “We congratulate ACM for being innovators in seeking out the infrastructure to support automotive OEMs’ fuel cell vehicle commercialization activities. We’re proud to partner with ACM to launch our latest hydrogen hub location.”

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