€2 million grant secured by Zepp.solutions to build Netherlands-based fuel cell factory

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Dutch company Zepp.solutions – one of the leading hydrogen fuel cell system suppliers in Europe – has successfully secured a €1.98 million grant from the European Just Transition Fund (JTF) for the development of a cutting-edge fuel cell systems factory.

The factory will be established in the Greater-Rijnmond region and will enable Zepp.solutions to accelerate the energy transition to a to a climate neutral Europe, while fostering resilience in the labour market. The project has the support of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) and Social Affairs and Employment (SZW), as well as the municipalities in the Dutch Greater Rijnmond area.

“We are thrilled and proud to receive this significant grant from the Just Transition Fund,” said Jonas Brendelberger, co-founder of Zepp.solutions. “This is an important step towards establishing a new state-of-the-art production facility for our fuel cell systems. It will allow us to further accelerate our technology and scale-up the production and deployment of these hydrogen systems in the next few years.”

The factory will be dedicated the production of Zepp’s Y50 and X150 fully integrated hydrogen fuel cell modules, which efficiently transform hydrogen gas into usable high-voltage electric power to drive vehicles, vessels, or other heavy machinery. Current applications include the Rotterdam Watertaxi, excavators for construction as well as a 67-meter-long inland shipping vessel. The first two semi-trucks featuring zepp’s fuel cell systems will hit the roads later this year.

The factory will enable Zepp.solutions to scale up their production to 1,000 systems annually, leading to the creation of approximately 100 sustainable jobs in the hydrogen sector within the region. By focusing on the production of their zero-emission fuel cell systems, Zepp.solutions also significantly contributes to the region’s ambition to become the leading European hydrogen hub.

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Wesley Doyle is editor of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Stadia. He has over two-decades experience in publishing during which time he has worked at some of the UK’s leading consumer magazine titles in the health and fitness and sport sectors. Wesley is also passionate about cycling and interested in alternative technologies, particularly in transportation, to achieve net zero.

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