Plug Power has completed the installation and commissioning of a 1MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser at a US Amazon fulfilment centre.

Installed last month (December 2023), the technology based in Aurora, Colorado, will produce low carbon hydrogen for Amazon and fuel more than 225 hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklift trucks at the site, known as DEN8.

The hydrogen produced by the electrolyser will be compressed on site and stored in a gaseous hydrogen storage tank for use by the forklift trucks.

Plug was provided the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance services for the 1MW PEM electrolyser and hydrogen storage, signifying the first electrolyser system installed and in operation at an Amazon site.

Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO, said, “In Amazon, we have a true partner that recognises the essential role hydrogen plays in our collective energy future. This project demonstrates Plug’s ability to execute across the full hydrogen value chain and shows how we can design and implement end-to-end solutions for our customers.”

So far, Plug has collaborated with Amazon to deploy more than 17,000 fuel cells to replace batteries in forklifts in more than 80 fulfilment centres in North America. In these locations, the hydrogen used to power the forklifts is produced elsewhere, liquified, and delivered by trucks to an on-site storage and dispensing system.

Asad Jafry, Director of Global Hydrogen Economy at Amazon, said, “Hydrogen is an important tool in our efforts to decarbonise our operations by 2040 in support of The Climate Pledge, and we’re excited about our ability to produce hydrogen at Amazon facilities through this partnership with Plug.”

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