ImaGEN Announces Agreement to Install Self-Contained Southeast Coast Hydrogen Generation and Fueling Station in Columbia, SC

By March 22, 2023 3   min read  (592 words)

March 22, 2023 |

Fuel Cells Works, ImaGEN Announces Agreement to Install Self-Contained Southeast Coast Hydrogen Generation and Fueling Station in Columbia, SC

Hydrogen generation technology takes another significant step forward.

The City of Columbia, South Carolina has entered into a 5-year deal with ImaGEN, a provider of hydrogen generation technology, to operate an existing hydrogen fueling station. As part of the agreement, ImaGEN will incorporate Tru-H2™ technology into the station, which will make it the first on-site, on-demand hydrogen fueling station of its kind.

The Columbia site will initially function as a comprehensive demonstration center for ImaGEN’s Tru-H2™and Tru-Fuelä low-cost, easily configurable hydrogen generation technology which will provide clean power for initial use cases like city infrastructure maintenance equipment. Once complete, the site will showcase the versatility of the technology and demonstrate how clean hydrogen can be safely generated on-site and on-demand for use in several industry applications, including data centers, telecommunication towers, material handling equipment, commercial and construction equipment, and automotive/fleet trucking refueling. Additionally, ImaGEN expects to demonstrate its ability to recycle and regenerate its fuel, which would be an industry first, further extending the renewability and reducing the levelized cost of the hydrogen it produces.

According to Ron Seftick, ImaGEN’s CEO, “this achievement is the result of our team’s focus on transitioning our patented technology to meet market demands for more versatile hydrogen solutions as part of a scalable network that uses a fuel that is safe, portable, and cost-effective.” Seftick also stated, “by utilizing readily available chemicals also found in several other large industries around the world today, ImaGEN has been able to achieve a level of H2 production that was previously thought unattainable. Furthermore, on-site hydrogen generation eliminates many safety issues associated with transporting and storing high-pressure gases, and our process is so safe and precise that indoor hydrogen generation is absolutely feasible, expanding the usability of hydrogen in the future.”

This new agreement marks an initial milestone in the adoption of clean energy and represents another step forward in the advancement of hydrogen generation technology. ImaGEN is excited to partner with the City of Columbia and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the city and eventually expanding to other locations throughout South Carolina.

“We’re excited that ImaGEN has committed to the rehabilitation and reuse of Columbia’s hydrogen fueling station. This is a great opportunity for us to put an underutilized asset back into play, and to support an innovative local company in generating new jobs and investment here in Columbia. There’s been a lot of positive momentum in renewable energy recently and we want to capture more of those opportunities here in the City,” said Mayor Daniel J. Rickenmann who is also the Vice Chair for Renewable Energy for the United States Conference of Mayors.

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About ImaGEN Inc.

ImaGEN’s Tru-H2™ hydrogen generation system utilizes readily available chemical hydrides and water to immediately create hydrogen whenever and wherever its needed as a source of power for reliable electrification beyond the grid. With its easily scalable “energy-as-a-service” approach, ImaGEN’s customers can employ new prime and intermittent power applications and deploy new business models without the complexities and substantial capital investment of upgrading traditional energy infrastructure.


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