OPAL Fuels, Nikola to collaborate on RNG, hydrogen projects

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Zero-emissions transport and energy infrastructure company Nikola Corporation has joined forces with OPAL Fuels to develop hydrogen fuelling stations and use RNG in hydrogen production.

OPAL Fuels, which specialises in delivering RNG and renewable fuelling infrastructure for heavy-duty truck fleets, will work with Nikola to co-develop and co-market hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, accelerating the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicles.

“This alliance with OPAL Fuels provides excellent potential synergies given their experience building and operating fuelling stations,” said Pablo Koziner, president of energy and commercial at Nikola.

“Today marks another important step forward in Nikola’s stated energy infrastructure plans and its focus on providing hydrogen fuelling services to customers.”

OPAL Fuels has built more than 350 RNG fuelling station projects and has more than 15 years of relationships with trucking fleets across the US.

Adam Comora, co-CEO of OPAL Fuels, commented: “We are very excited to be working with Nikola to help fleets realise the potential of hydrogen fuel-cell trucks with reliable, cost-effective fuelling infrastructure.

“Coupled with RNG as a fuel source to lower the carbon intensity of hydrogen, we see a very powerful combination for the future.”

The initial focus of the collaboration is on developing the infrastructure required to more ‘safely and reliably’ serve the needs of large private fleets that use their own dedicated property fuelling infrastructure. Nikola and OPAL Fuels will also identify and evaluate opportunities to establish public access hydrogen stations.

Both parties plan to leverage OPAL Fuels’ growing portfolio of RNG supply to reduce the carbon intensity of hydrogen supplied by Nikola at the station, to meet customer sustainability objectives as they begin to transition to zero-emission vehicles.