Plug Power Inc. is expanding its operations by opening a new headquarters in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Thus, in a meeting between Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO, and German minister Andreas Pinkwart in Washington D.C., the company formally announced the decision.
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Indeed, the initial 70,000-square foot facility will house an innovation center that Plug Power will build on site.
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This facility will additionally have engineering labs and technical support. Similarly, it will host a monitoring, diagnostics, and technical support center.
Worth noting, the new headquarters will also house a green hydrogen generator with an electrolyzer infrastructure on site. Lastly, Plug Power noted in a media release the facility will have a shipping, inventor, and logistics center. Besides, it will have a green hydrogen training space.
As the Company noted, roughly 30 employees will work at the facility. Consequently, Plug Power expects the facility to open at the start of 2022. Finally, by mid-2022, the workforce will increase to nearly 60 employees.
According to what Plug Power expressed in a media release, the expansion to Europe will hence allow it to serve new and existing customers. Besides, it will help the company build relevant partnerships with leaders in hydrogen application.
In this sense, Marsh commented; “The expansion to Europe comes as Plug faces a growing customer base abroad with the burgeoning interest in green hydrogen energy.”
Accordingly, the CEO noted how green hydrogen will serve “as an instrumental part” in the world’s transition from its reliance on fossil fuels.
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Marsh similarly noted that Plug Power is “well-positioned to fill the needs of customers ready to make the change.”
On the other hand, Pinkwart, minister of economic affairs, innovation, digitalization, and energy for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, said; “Hydrogen is a key enabler for the climate-friendly transformation of our industry as well the transportation sector.”
Thus, the minister noted the Rhine-Westphalia administration feels “honored by Plug Power’s decision.” According to Pinkwart, the Ruhr area, Germany’s industrial heartland, can thus be part of Plug Power’s growth story.
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Finally, Felix Neugart, CEO of NRW Global Business, commented; “We are very pleased to have been able to win Plug Power with such pioneering technology for our location. The company enriches the energy region North Rhine-Westphalia.”
Neugart also noted that the company “will benefit not only from a broad customer base but also from an innovative research environment.”