Nikola and TC Energy join forces for large-scale clean hydrogen hubs

The companies intend to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen across industrial sectors by establishing hubs in key geographic locations

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Nikola Corporation and TC Energy have announced a strategic collaboration for the development of large-scale clean hydrogen production facilities in the US and Canada.

They are working to identify and develop projects to establish the infrastructure required to deliver low cost and low carbon hydrogen at scale.

In addition, the two companies intend to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen across industrial sectors by establishing hubs in key geographic locations.

They plan to establish hubs producing 150 tonnes or more of hydrogen per day near truck corridors to serve Nikola’s planned need for hydrogen to fuel its FCEVs within the next five years.

TC Energy is said to have significant pipeline, storage and power assets that can potentially be leveraged to lower the cost and increase the speed of delivery to these hydrogen production facilities.

Both the companies have committed to reducing the carbon intensity of hydrogen produced and delivered to end-use markets, using renewable energy as well as low cost natural gas, renewable natural gas and biomass feedstocks paired with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Corey Hessen, TC Energy’s Senior Vice President and President, Power and Storage added: “By leveraging our natural gas and power operations footprint, we see this new partnership as an important first step in facilitating access to affordable low carbon production of hydrogen for the transportation and industrial sector.

“TC Energy is focused on our own decarbonisation efforts as well as being the provider of choice for carbon-free energy to the North American industrial, natural gas and oil sectors. Nikola as a partner and as a customer aligns well with that approach.”