Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is expanding its global footprint as it increases development of hydrogen fuel cell systems for the rail industry.
The company has announced plans to open a new production facility in Herten, Germany which will focus on the assembly of fuel cell systems for hydrogen-powered trains.
Cummins is partnering with Alstom, a locomotive and rail car manufacturer with headquarters in France. Alstom also has a growing presence in the U.S. The European company has already launched hydrogen-powered trains in test markets across Europe.
The trains use on-board fuel cells to convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby reducing operating emissions to zero.
“The choice to open this new fuel cell systems site in Germany is a testament to Cummins’ commitment to accelerate our hydrogen capabilities. This facility will better position us to provide critical support to customers in Europe and strategically strengthen our position to be a leader in shaping tomorrow’s hydrogen economy,” said Amy Davis, president of New Power at Cummins.
Cummins employs 6,700 people across Europe and operates seven manufacturing sites.
The company says the new facility will include space for both manufacturing and research and development, with plans to expand in the future to support fuel cell stack refurbishment.
The new plant is scheduled to open next July.